Control Over Russia's Only Space Telescope Spektr-R Lost - Scientists

Control Over Russia's Only Space Telescope Spektr-R Lost - Scientists

Control over Russia's only space telescope Spektr-R has been lost due to communications failure, the director of the Astro Space Center of the Physical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences told Sputnik on Saturday, adding that attempts to regain control are underway

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th January, 2019) Control over Russia's only space telescope Spektr-R has been lost due to communications failure, the director of the Astro Space Center of the Physical Institute of Russian academy of Sciences told Sputnik on Saturday, adding that attempts to regain control are underway.

"Now there are attempts to fix the situation ... There are various systems of communication there, some of them operating and some are not ...

Such failures have already happened. Everything may operate again. We hope for that," Nikolai Kardashev said.

He pointed out that the telescope could not recognize commands from the control center but continued to send scientific data to Earth.

Kardashev noted that several attempts to regain control over the telescope had already failed.

The guarantee service life of the Spektr-R telescope initially expired in 2016 but was later prolonged until December 31, 2019.

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