Russian specialists are working to fix the problem. The Spektr-R communication glitch was announced earlier today via Twitter by the Russian space agency Roscosmos,…
Russian specialists are working to fix the problem.
The Spektr-R communication glitch was announced earlier today via Twitter by the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which noted that the first signs of trouble started to arise as early as January 10.
According to Yuri Kovalev, head of research for the Spektr-R project, the problems escalated until Roscosmos completely lost contact with the nation’s only orbiting radio telescope on yesterday morning of January 11.
While the radio telescope is currently deaf to the instructions of the spacecraft’s control staff, Spektr-R still has a voice. Nikolai Kardashev, head of Russia’s Astro Space Centre, told reporters that the telescope has not gone silent and is, in fact, still transmitting data.
Although the link to Spektr-R has gone down, Kovalev said that “there is still hope”. Russian engineers are hard at work trying to repair the lost connection and restore communication with the non-responsive space telescope.

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