MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. More than $150 billion has been spent on the creation and operation of the International Space Station (ISS) so far, Vladimir Kozhevnikov, deputy chief developer of the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (part of Roscosmos) and chief developer of the Russian Orbital Station (ROS), told TASS in an interview.
"Nonetheless, in any case, these costs are much lower than those allocated for the creation and operation of the ISS. At the moment, according to expert estimates, they have already exceeded $150 billion," Kozhevnikov said.
In April 2021, Yury Borisov, who was then the deputy prime minister, said that the state of the ISS left much to be desired, so Russia could focus on creating its own orbital station. In October, Denis Manturov, deputy prime minister and head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that the preliminary cost of building a prospective Russian orbital station was already known.