Space Radio Telescope (CMT) "Spektr-R", developed in the NPO. SA Lavochkin, continues to reveal their potential in the exploration of deep space. For example, in the flight test program for January and February 2012, was scheduled several sessions interferometric observations at a wavelength of 92 cm, during which successfully recorded the radio signal from the space object. Recall that the Spektr-R has found the response at a wavelength of 6 and 18 cm in the observations of the galaxy «BL Lacertae» and the quasar 0212 +735.
In January, the ground-space interferometer "RadioAstron", part of which is the Spektr-R, recorded the response from the interference of radio pulsar V0950 +08 in the wavelength range of 92 cm and a maximum distance of Earth from Space Radio Telescope (300,000 km). In this case, the projection of the interferometer base in the direction of the object under study amounted to 220,000 km. As a result of the interference response measurements, astronomers will be able to explore some of the properties of the pulsar V0950 +08.
Arm of the interferometer in the world formed the largest radio telescopes in Arecibo (USA), Vesterborge (Netherlands) and Effelsberg (Germany). It was the first successful experience of Arecibo and Vesterborga in the project "RadioAstron."
A trial experiment confirmed the efficiency of radio astronomer in the long-wavelength range and can give important scientific results.
Also managed to prolong the existence of ballistic MCT to 10 years, with the correction of the orbit of the spacecraft and raise perigee to 55,000 kilometers from the center of the Earth.
In February, started early scientific program of the project, which includes a dozen studies the brightest pulsars are located at different distances and in different regions of our Galaxy.
To date, conducted surveillance of water and hydroxyl masers in our galaxy (W3OH, Orion KL, etc.), with the giant pulses of a pulsar in the Crab nebula, and active galactic nuclei. In the observations were: more than a dozen telescopes scattered across the Earth. At the moment, international research project team "RadioAstron" together with experts ASC FIAN and the SA Lavochkin Lavochkin spend processing and data analysis.
In May, is expected to start scientific experiments with Australian radio telescopes. As a test preparation is first observed.