The two nations have drafted the paperwork for a space facility, Russia’s prime minister has said
An eclipsed supermoon is shown on September 27, 2015 in New York City. © Michael Heiman / Getty Images / AFP
Russia and China have prepared an agreement on building the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on Monday. The project is potentially open to other countries, while the facility itself is expected to become operational by 2035.
Speaking at a regular meeting of the heads of the two countries’ governments, Mishustin said that Moscow and Beijing “see a significant potential in high-tech industries, including digitalization and space research.”
The premier noted that Russia and China “have prepared for signing” an intergovernmental agreement on the establishment of the International Lunar Research Station. “This is a significant step for our countries,” he added.
The ILRS is being developed by Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and China’s National Space Administration (CNSA). The bilateral project, however, is open to all interested countries and international partners and seeks to “promote humanity’s exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes,” according to a 2021 memorandum of understanding between Moscow and Beijing.