The Russian and German telescopes for orbital astrophysical observatory "Spectrum-X-Gamma" ("Spektr-RG") are ready to be installed on the machine in the autumn of 2013, the launch is scheduled for autumn 2014, told RIA Novosti deputy director of the Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Pavlinsky .
There are currently part of the apparatus consists of two main instruments — Russian X-ray telescope ART-XC, which is created in the Russian nuclear center in Sarov (VNIIEF), and produced by German scientists telescope eROSITA. The basis of the observatory will be a platform "Navigator", developed by NPO Lavochkin.
The Observatory was "Spektr-RG" is designed to create a complete map of the sky in the X-ray and gamma-ray range. With it, scientists can detect up to 100 thousand clusters of galaxies, up to three million new nuclei of active galaxies in which the central supermassive black holes and up to 500,000 stars in our galaxy, and is actively emitting X-ray wavelengths.
One of the X-ray telescope mirrors eROSITA
Earlier, the head of Russian Federal Space Agency and the representatives of the Lavochkin announced that the device will launch in November 2013. However, due to delays in the creation of scientific equipment, the launch is delayed for a year.
The "Spektr-RG", Russian scientists began to discuss with foreign partners in the spring of 2005. The final shape of the observatory acquired in the autumn of 2008, but then was finally chosen and the position of the device — in the L2 Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth and recorded instrumental composition — two X-ray telescope. In August 2009, the agreement was signed between the Russian Space Agency and the German Aerospace Agency DLR.
According to Pauline, at a meeting with scientists from the German Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Society and the representatives of DLR, held earlier in the Lavochkin discussed technical issues, including access to the integrated electrical test this year.
"We are preparing to build the device in order to start in the summer of mechanical tests. Vibrostaticheskie This will be the test, they will begin in June or July. This so-called vibrator — layout for vibration testing, which will stand design layouts telescopes," — said the scientist.
Process samples telescopes made in accordance with the project design will be delivered in June (Russian) and September (German). "And from September to begin comprehensive testing" — said Pavlinsky.
According to him, the flying prototype of the ART-XC is ready to install on the device in October 2013, and eROSITA — Rosiiju for delivery in June 2013. "It’s hard to predict how long it will take customs procedures" — he added.
Flight model of the device will be created on the basis of technology — it will need to modify only, he said.