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Roscosmos ready to send an additional supply of oxygen to ISS in February, if necessary

Situation with the oxygen leak on ISS under control, General Director of the organization Dmitry Rogozin added
Chief of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin Mihail Metcel'/TASS
Chief of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin
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MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Roscosmos will be able to send an additional supply of oxygen to the ISS in February, if necessary, General Director of the organization Dmitry Rogozin told reporters.

"First, the station itself has oxygen reserves. That is, if it is necessary to replenish oxygen and nitrogen in the event of atmospheric pressure losses, we have such reserves. And we are going to send a cargo ship to the ISS, our Progress from Baikonur, in February. It already has a supply of oxygen," Rogozin said.

He noted that, if necessary, part of the cargo can be sent by US cargo vehicles. "If necessary, we can use our relationship with NASA and send part of the cargo, including oxygen, with an American cargo ship," Rogozin explained.

The oxygen leakage situation on the International Space Station is under control, Rogozin added.

"There is no need to worry, everything is fine, everything is under control," Rogozin stressed.

According to the head of Roscosmos, the situation is a "wake-up call" that it is time "to think about new structures."


Head of Russia’s space agency also promised to "fix" the problems of the International Space Station.

"We are working with the crew, I am heading the commission for conducting flight tests of manned systems and complexes. We will fix these problems," Rogozin told reporters.

He suggested that problems at the station could be associated with micrometeorites that affect the hull, and the station’s time in service. "We will fix it, of course. But nevertheless, I say it again - the question will still arise that everything has its time," said the head of the state corporation.

It was reported earlier, with reference to the negotiations between the ISS and the Russian Mission Control Center, that the Russian cosmonauts at the station were looking for a new place of leakage. Cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov, stationed on the ISS, noted that air may be escaping through the transition chamber.

On the morning of October 15, the ISS crew reported to Earth that a possible air leak had been found in the intermediate chamber of the Russian Zvezda module. Later, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin said that the place of the leak looks like a curved scratch of 2-3 cm. Later Ryzhikov specified the size of the crack of about 4.5 cm. In November, Russian crew members took pictures of the alleged leak from the outside of the ISS during a spacewalk. The cosmonauts did not notice any damage outside the station in the area of the crack.

On December 18, during negotiations with the ISS, a specialist from the Mission Control Center said that at the moment there was no understanding of an exact location of another air leak in the Zvezda module. The specialist noted that gas reserves are now being lost.