The Spektr-R radio telescope at Baikonur Space Center, within the integration and test complex of Launch Pad No.31.
Photo: RIA Novosti (Wikimedia Commons)Russia’s only orbiting space radio telescope, Spektr-R (RadioAstron), has stopped responding to the spacecraft’s control staff, the BBC reported Saturday, though Astro Space Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev told the BBC that it is still transmitting scientific data.
Russia Beyond, another Russian state media source, reported in 2016 that Spektr-R was expected to continue operating until at least late 2018, with research including galactic nuclei and magnetic fields, quasars and pulsars, and other space projects:The new program is focused on studies of inner regions of active galaxy nuclei and magnetic fields, monitoring of the brightest quasars, research of water-vapor clouds in space, pulsars and interstellar matter, gravitational experimentation, etc.
The RadioAstron project is based on a ten-meter orbital radio-telescope, the unique astrophysical observatory Spektr-R which forms an integrated radio interferometer with a super-large base together with ground-based radio-telescopes.
Another newer radio telescope, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), is still not yet fully operational but made the news this week when it detected 13 new fast radio bursts, mysterious high-energy pulses from unknown, distant sources that have traveled billions of years across the galaxy.
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