Orbital telescope «Spektr-R» was defended from falling into the sun’s shadow

© Photo : IKI/ NPO imeni Lockinformation the image space radio telescope Spektr-R. Archive photoOrbital telescope «Spektr-R» was defended from falling into the sun’s shadow© Photo : IKI/ NPO Lavochkin

The specialists of the mission control Center NPO. Lavochkin has adjusted the orbit of the space telescope «Spektr-R», to prevent the apparatus in the solar shadow of the Earth in January 2018 and keep the telescope in working order before the end of 2019, said on Sunday in a press-service of the Roscosmos.

Earlier in the NPO. Lavochkin reported that the scientific operation of the telescope under the program «Radioastron», completion of which was originally planned for 2016, extended until 31 December 2019.

«On July 16 at 9:00 MSK, MCC, NPO Lavochkin made a correction of the orbit of the spacecraft «Spektr-R», to ensure the prevention of contact with the SPACECRAFT in January 2018, long (4.5 hours) the solar shadow of the Earth and extending ballistic existence ON, at least until the end of 2019″, — stated in the message of press-service.

The project «Radioastron» — a 10-m space radio telescope, a unique orbital astrophysical Observatory «Spektr-R», which together with ground radio telescopes forms a single radio interferometer with the very large base. The Observatory is intended for carrying out fundamental astrophysical research in electromagnetic spectrum radio. «Radioastron» implements a record in astronomy, angular resolution, defined by the distance between the telescopes to 350 thousand kilometers.


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