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Energia asked the US for money for the Russian module of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

An anonymous source in the space industry said that the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation «Energia» invited the US to pay for the airlock chamber (for the future Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway), which is to be produced by Russia. The reason for the request, the source noted, was that Russia does not intend to pay for its construction, RIA Novosti informs.
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A meeting of the international group took place in April 2018 in Houston (USA), where the project of the station was discussed. The Rocket and Space Corporation Energia proposed during the meeting to produce the airlock at the expense of the United States. The reason given was that «there are no funds for the creation of a gateway module for the international Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in the [Russian] Federal Space Programme until 2025, and that’s unlikely there will be,» explained the anonymous source who talked to the RIA Novosti.

The source also said that even if the US would not agree this time, there remains another option — to create the module together with the European Space Agency. In that case Energia is ready to manufacture the compartment itself, and it would be retrofitted with internal systems in Europe.

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