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    Deep Space Gateway: Russia, US Agree to Create New Station That Orbits Moon

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    Russia and the United States have agreed to create a lunar orbital station called Deep Space Gateway with the support of the BRICS nations, according to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos Igor Komarov.

    "We agreed that we will jointly participate in the project to create a new international lunar orbital station, Deep Space Gateway. At the first stage we will construct an orbital part with the further goal of implementing the fulfilled technologies on the Moon, and later on Mars," Komarov said, speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia.

    The first modules of the station may be completed in 2024-2026, he added.

    Komarov said that the project will open new opportunities for the Russian space industry. He also noted that the new station will unify standards on creating such projects.

    China and India, as well as other members of BRICS, may join the project.

    The plans on the creation of the Deep Space Gateway station were made public in Spring 2016 when Russia's Energiya corporation was reported to have cooperated with NASA on building lunar infrastructure. Energiya planned to start the construction of a lunar orbital platform by the end of 2022.

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