Once it pulls out of the international outpost, Russia plans to reposition three of its modules, none of which have yet been launched, to form the base of a new, Russian-owned and operated orbital outpost. In part, Russia plans to use its station as a steppingstone and proving ground for human expeditions to the moon, a translation of a statement posted on Roscosmos' website shows.
"Detailed study and the final decisions are planned after the synthesis of reports of heads of rocket and space industry in subsequent meetings," Yuri Koptev, chairman of the Roscosmos' Scientific and Technical Council and former head of the Russian space agency, said in the statement.
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"Most importantly ... there was a general coordinated point of view. (The council) approved the basic concept of the Russian manned space flight until 2025. We will take into account possible changes in funding, and the program will be updated," he said.
The Moscow Times reports that under President Vladimir Putin, "the space program has seen a measurable increase in funding, with a large 1.8 trillion ruble ($29 billion) boost pledged last year to cover Russia's space activities through 2020."