Russian manned spacecraft will not be able to arrive at the Tiangong National Orbital Station of China due to the location of the Vostochny cosmodrome.
According to Ukrinform, this is reported by Interfax.
“In the future, it will be possible to launch manned and cargo spacecraft (to Tiangong from the territory of other countries). But in the case of Russia, there is a factor that needs to be taken into account. The territory of Russia is located at a very high latitude, and in order to dock to the Chinese space station, we have a simple requirement: the latitude at which the launch pad is located should not be at a latitude higher than 42 degrees, this is the difficulty with Russia. But in the case of other countries, such as European countries, they have a spaceport in French Guiana, so it is not difficult for Europeans to launch a spacecraft to the Chinese orbital station, the same situation is with Japan and the United States,” said a representative of the China Aerospace Scientific and Industrial Corporation (CASIC ) Yang Yuguang.
He also noted that China is currently considering nine experiments from seventeen countries to be sent to the national orbital station, an initiative supported by the United Nations (UN), and added that the instruments for these experiments can be delivered to the station as early as next year. where Chinese taikonauts will work with them.
On June 15 last year, the head of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, announced that negotiations were underway to send Russian cosmonauts to the Chinese orbital station.
As Ukrinform reported, the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) decided to refuse to cooperate with Russia on the Luna-25, Luna-26 and Luna-27 lunar programs.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has reduced its staff in Russia amid tensions between Washington and Moscow following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.