Russian observatory to study the universe launched into orbit

July 18 at 6.31 MSK with the 45th site Baikonur cosmodrome launch vehicle "Zenit-3M" with the upper stage "Fregat-SB" and Russian astrophysical observatory "Spektr-R".

Russian astrophysical observatory "Spektr-R" has reached the target orbit. Scientific spacecraft separated from the upper stage "Fregat-SB" to 10.06 MSK. The satellite was launched into an elliptical orbit with an altitude of approx. 340 thousand miles.

With the launch of the observatory began returning to the Russian scientific programs in space.

The observatory is unique in that it will study the different types of objects in the universe with a record-high angular resolution in the centimeter and decimeter waves.
Such resolution is achieved with the help of scientists space radio telescope with a diameter of 10 meters in the spacecraft "Spektr-R". This telescope is working together with the largest ground-based radio telescopes in an interferometer.

It is expected that the images obtained by Space Observatory will study such phenomena as the formation, dynamics and structure of stars in our galaxy, as well as neutron stars, black holes, pulsars and gravitational field in the solar system

It is planned that the "Spektr-R" will work in orbit for at least 5 years.

SC "Spektr-R" was created within the framework of the project "Radioastron" ordered by Roscosmos. The developer of the scientific equipment is the Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute, and the main contractor — FSUE "NPO Lavochkin behalf."

Press Service of the Russian Federal Space Agency

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