“Before the end of May, I plan to hold detailed dialogues with my Chinese colleagues about our cooperation in this direction,” Roscosmos chief executive Dmitry Rogozin told Russian state media.
This cooperation is subject to Roscosmos’ agreement with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed in 2017. This agreement relates to the space cooperation program planned since 2018 to 2022.
Under the agreement, the Russian and Chinese space agencies agreed on such topics as lunar and deep space research, space research and related technologies, satellites and their use, and interaction. on Earth’s remote sensing data and other matters.
In addition to the 2017 agreement, Mr. Rogozin also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CNSA head Zhang Kejian to build a International Moon Station around the Moon.
Earlier this month, the European Space Agency (ESA) suspended three missions to the Moon – Luna 25, 26 and 27 – with Russia due to Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.
The first joint Russian and European Moon mission of these three missions is scheduled for July 2022 using a Russian rocket.
After Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, ESA also suspended the Mars mission, which was also scheduled to launch in September this year.