Russia loses management of solely house telescope

FILE PHOTO: Zenit 3F rocket carrying the Spektr-R radio astronomy observatory blasts off from the Russian leased Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome. AFP / STR

Moscow: Russia has misplaced management of its solely house radio telescope however officers are working to re-establish communication, the nation’s beleaguered house company stated Monday.

The incident is the newest setback for Russia’s debt-laden house business, which in recent times has suffered the lack of spacecraft, satellites, and a failed manned launch. 

Roscosmos stated a US observatory detected alerts from Russia’s gigantic Spektr-R, or RadioAstron, telescope, which stopped responding to instructions from Earth final Thursday.

Roscosmos stated that meant the onboard programs have been working independently.

The Spektr-R telescope was launched into orbit in 2011 to review black holes, neutron stars and Earth’s magnetic discipline, amongst different topics.

Full with ground-based observatories and a 10-meter-long antenna, RadioAstron is without doubt one of the largest telescopes ever made.

A brand new try and regain management of the telescope will happen from 1600 GMT Monday, the house company stated in a press release. 

Earlier makes an attempt to get in contact with the telescope have been unsuccessful.

Yuri Kovalev, head of the RadioAstron undertaking, refused to say the nation had misplaced the spacecraft for good.

“I can’t bury a satellite tv for pc which is alive for positive,” Kovalev instructed AFP in written feedback.

“It is like asking for a remark a few sick particular person when docs are combating for his life,” stated Kovalev, a physicist with the Lebedev Bodily Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

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This 12 months Russia is planning to launch one other telescope, the Spektr-RG, whose activity shall be to place collectively a “full map of the Universe,” the house company has stated.

The Spektr-R telescope was solely purported to serve via 2014 however its lifespan has been prolonged.

Some consultants say the Spektr-R telescope was considered one of Russia’s few profitable house tasks.

Final October a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed simply minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make an emergency touchdown.