The warning came after it was revealed that an Indian satellite, which was shot down, has increased the chances of the ISS being hit by 5%.
Announcing the heightened risk, Executive Director of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos for Manned Programs, Sergei Krikalyov, said today: “The Americans have carried out calculations on the probability of the station getting punctured because of more debris surfacing and being dispersed.
“There are numerical estimates raising the probability of a puncture by about 5%.”
The Indian satellite in near-Earth orbit was successfully shot down by the Air Force, the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced in March.
It was done as part of a successful test of India’s anti-satellite weaponry – an interceptor missile.
The interceptor missile developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) was launched from a testing range located on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal. The satellite shot down by an interceptor missile was a space vehicle produced by India domestically.
Roman Fattakhov, of the Russian space surveillance centre, previously said the ISS was at risk of being hit by 100 separate pieces of junk that came from the satellite.
Earlier this month, Russia demanded answers from NASA about an alcohol smell detected on the ISS.
Space experts from the country claimed there was a strong smell of isopropyl alcohol on the ISS following the docking of US unmanned spaceship, Crew Dragon, in March.