Space telescope ‘not responding’
Russia’s only orbiting radio telescope is out of control.
The Spektr-R satellite is continuing to transmit signals, but scientists have been unable to control the satellite since Friday.
Alexander Bloshenko, an adviser to the Roscosmos space agency, was quoted by the state news agency Tass as saying that yesterday’s attempt to restore contact had failed. Another attempt is expected today.
Yuri Kovalev, the head of research for the Spektr-R project, said the link went down on Friday morning but added: “There is still hope.”
The satellite was launched in 2011. It is used to study radio sources within and outside Earth’s galaxy.