As part of the events of the IAF Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX-2021 St. Petersburg, Russia and China presented the roadmap of the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), a joint lunar research project.
A joint session of the ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) was held on the margins of GLEX 2021 on June 16 to present the Roadmap for the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS). The session was attended by Sergey Savelyev, ROSCOSMOS Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation, and Wu Yanhua, Deputy Head of CNSA, who attended virtually.
The roadmap for the creation of the ILRS defines the project's scientific objectives, implementation stages, and timelines, as well as the principles for involving international partners in the project at all stages. The project not only includes lunar missions already announced by Russia and China, but also a number of specialised ILRS Missions, which will result in an automated scientific base on the Moon. These missions are expected to be launched after 2030 as part of the third phase of the project. The station project has already attracted the interest of space agencies in other countries that have been given the opportunity to participate in lunar exploration.
At a press conference held the day before, 15 June, ROSCOSMOS head Dmitry Rogozin said that the lunar programme was open to all participants. "We and our Chinese colleagues are in talks with many [other space agencies]. The largest partner is the European Space Agency," he specified.