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Control over Russia’s only space radio telescope lost – Xinhua



The photo taken September 24, 2016 shows the 500-meter spherical telescope (FAST), the world's largest radio telescope, in Pingtang County, in southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Xinhua / Liu Xu)

MOSCOW, 12 January (Xinhua) – Control over the only Russian Spektr-R space telescope was lost due to a failure of communication, Russian Academy said on Saturday of Sciences.

The telescope failed to recognize instructions from the control center, but is still sending data to Earth, according to Nikolai Kardashev, director of the Astro Space Center of the Russian Academy of Physics Institute of Physics.

"Now there are attempts to solve the situation … There are various communication systems there, some of which are operational and others not … Such errors have already happened, everything can work again, we hope for that" , Kardashev was quoted by the Sputnik news agency

Several attempts to regain control of the telescope had failed, he said.

The Spektr-R telescope was launched in 2011 and the warranty period of its operations expired in 2014, after which it continued to resolve p roblems target, according to the Russian state-owned space company Roscosmos.

Another attempt to re-establish contact with the telescope will take place on Sunday, Roscosmos said.


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