PARIS, January 17. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to cut spending on maintenance of its segment at the International Space Station (ISS) by 30 percent in 2015, the agency’s director general said on Friday.
“After extended talks with the participating countries we can say that the operational expenses will be reduced by 30 percent in 2015,” Jean-Jacques Dordain said at his traditional start-of-year briefing on agency’s activities and challenges for 2014.
The official said, however, that the planned reduction in financing does not mean that Europe loses interest in the space station project.
“The ESA view the use of the station very positively,” he said. “This is a very important project for us and all member states of the agency are interested in it.”
The European Space Agency, which has 20 member states, runs the ISS project jointly with US NASA, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency CSA.
Earlier in the month, the United States reiterated its commitment to the ISS project until 2024 and called on more countries to join.