Russia has lost control of its only space radio telescope, but officials are working on restoring contact, the space agency said on Monday. This incident is the latest failure for the Russian debt industry, which in recent years has suffered the loss of spacecraft, satellites and unsuccessful launches.
The Spektr-R telescope was launched in 2011 to study black holes, neutron stars, and Earth's magnetic field among other subjects. Included with ground observatories and a 10-meter antenna, RadioAstron is one of the largest telescopes ever made. Some experts believe that the Spektr-R telescope was one of the few successful space projects in Russia.
Posted in Dawn, January 15, 2019