Rus­sia loses con­trol of ra­dio tele­scope satel­lite

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SCITE H - —AP

Rus­sia’s space agency says its spe­cial­ists are at­tempt­ing to fix prob­lems that have blocked con­trol of an or­bit­ing ra­dio tele­scope. The Spektr-R satel­lite is con­tin­u­ing to trans­mit sig­nals, but sci­en­tists have been un­able to con­trol the satel­lite since Fri­day.

The satel­lite was launched in 2011 and has ex­ceeded its ini­tially ex­pected use­ful life of about three years. It is used to study ra­dio sources within and out­side Earth’s galaxy. An of­fi­cial from Rus­sian space agency Roscos­mos, Alexan­der Bloshenko, said Satur­day that an­other at­tempt to es­tab­lish con­trol of the satel­lite will take place Sun­day.

The main sci­en­tific goal of the mission was to study astro­nom­i­cal ob­jects with an an­gu­lar res­o­lu­tion up to a few mil­lionths of an arc­sec­ond. This is ac­com­plished by us­ing the satel­lite in con­junc­tion with ground-based ob­ser­va­to­ries and in­ter­fer­om­e­try tech­niques.

Spektr-R ra­dio tele­scope

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