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Joint Report: 2009-2010 Results of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission: Space Cooperation

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

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Space Cooperation:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Administrator Charles Bolden and
Russian Federal Space Agency Head Anatoliy Perminov

Inter-Agency Participants:



National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

Dates Group Convened:

September 2009:

Administrator Bolden traveled to Baikonur, Kazakhstan for the launch of Russian Soyuz 20S vehicle transporting Russian and American crew to the International Space Station (ISS).

October 2009:

Roscosmos Head Anatoliy Perminov and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met in Moscow for Working Group meeting.

March 2010:

NASA Administrator Bolden and Roscosmos Head Perminov met in Tokyo for Working Group meeting.

May 2011:

Roscosmos Head Perminov and several high-level Russian officials traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to view the Space Shuttle STS-132 launch carrying the Russian Mini Research Module-1 to the ISS; the Russian delegation also toured the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.


  • ISS: NASA and Roscosmos officials interact daily to support the activities of the ISS, both in-orbit and on the ground through teleconferences, phone calls etc. Co-chairs, with their European, Japanese and Canadian counterparts, agreed in March 2010 that the ISS provided unprecedented opportunities to drive advanced science and technology to benefit humanity on Earth while preparing the way for future exploration activities and enhanced collaboration on future international missions beyond low-Earth orbit. Co-chairs reaffirmed the importance of full exploitation of the Station’s scientific, engineering, utilization, and education potential. Co-chairs also noted that there are no identified technical constraints to continuing ISS operations beyond the current planning horizon of 2015 to at least 2020 and agreed to continue working together to certify on-orbit elements through 2028. The Space Agency Heads expressed their strong mutual interest in continuing operations and utilization for as long as the benefits of ISS exploitation are demonstrated.

  • Life, Space, Earth Sciences: Roscosmos and NASA are exploring potential bio-specimen and data-sharing opportunities on upcoming Russian and U.S. life, space and Earth science missions.

  • Space Exploration: In addition to on-going collaboration, such as the Russian Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector instrument as part of the U.S. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, NASA and Roscosmos are continuing discussions on future opportunities for cooperation in the exploration of space.

Agenda for Future:

  • In 2011, the U.S. Mars Science Laboratory will launch with the Russian Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons investigation, building on the successful legacy of Russia’s High Energy Neutron Detector that is currently operating on NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

  • Other potential areas for expanding cooperation include: ISS utilization; life, Earth and space science; communication and navigation; space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit; and education.

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