43-meter antenna of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenback
The antenna in the American Observatory Grinbenk first took data from the Russian space telescope "Radioastron" ("Spektr-R") — the emergence of a new radar station in the other hemisphere will allow scientists to double the time available for observation, said the Astro Space Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute (FIAN ), a leading scientific organization of the project.
"We are pleased to announce that the equipment was delivered to the station in the United States and installed on the telescope without problems. Tracking station first tests went very well, as a result of August 1, 2013 has been successfully written scientific data from a space telescope" — scientists report.
Because most of the time "Radioastron" is out of sight of the station, scientists can use these times to observe, and the machine "idle."
The agreement on the use of 43-m radio telescope of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Grinbenke (Virginia) to receive data from "Radioastron"
Already in the end of August, beginning active surveillance in the key scientific program "Radioastron." "The new tracking station will operate in September 2013, a few light duty … Full load a second tracking station in Grinbenke scheduled from October 2013," — said in a statement.
"Radioastron" was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in July 2011. It is designed to work in conjunction with ground-based network of radio telescopes, forming a single interferometer is very high angular resolution — up to seven microseconds.