Russia has offered the United States to examine the oldest module of the International Space Station (ISS) “Zarya” made for American money after an air leak was detected in the Russian module “Zvezda”, the Khrunichev Center (Roscosmos enterprise) reported.
The Zarya module is the oldest in the ISS (launched in 1998) and is part of the Russian segment of the station. It is made by Russia for the money of the United States, and its maintenance is carried out at the expense of the Americans.
As noted on the company’s website, specialists from the Khrunichev Center, NASA, and Boeing discussed the operation of the Zarya and Zvezda modules.
“The parties assessed the performance of the FGB [Zarya functional cargo unit] based on the analysis of its functionality as part of the station. At the initiative of the Khrunichev Center, proposals were made to conduct its diagnostics to eliminate abnormal situations similar to those that occurred with the Zvezda module, related to the tightness of the hull,” the release says.
In addition, an agreement was reached to continue the contract between the Khrunichev Center and Boeing for the purchase of spare parts and replacement units for the Zarya and maintenance of the module in 2021-2024 to expand its technical capabilities.