- NASA Watch
- September 21, 2023
NASA And Russia Are Only Studying Deep Space Gateway – Not Building It
NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space
“This joint statement reflects the common vision for human exploration that NASA and Roscosmos share. Both agencies, as well as other International Space Station partners, see the gateway as a strategic component of human space exploration architecture that warrants additional study. NASA has already engaged industry partners in gateway concept studies. Roscosmos and other space station partner agencies are preparing to do the same.”
Keith’s note: Despite a flurry of news stories claiming that NASA and Roscomos have agreed to build a space station orbiting the Moon the agreement they signed only talks about exploration studies. No one has committed any funding to a specific architecture. Besides, NASA has no funding for the Deep Space Gateway. Congress is not all that supportive of the Deep Space Gateway and wants to see continued suport of LEO infrastructure like ISS while stimulating private sector development of cis-lunar space.