In the first open call for proposals for observing time the project ground-space interferometer RadioAston expressed a desire to participate 160 astrophysicists from 18 countries, including 34 Russian. Research topics cover a huge range of tasks from quasars to pulsars, from cosmology to gravity.
Launched the first open call for proposals for scientific observations, focused on the period of the AO-1 radio interferometer RadioAstron (July 2013 — June 2014).. (See
Commenting on the event, head of the Laboratory Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute, doctor of sciences. Yuri Kovalev said: "TheThe world community of astrophysicists actively responded to the announcement of the first open competition RadioAstron mission. It was found 31 "Letter of Intent". The total request for a period of AO-1 was approximately 4500 hours, which exceeds the available interferometer experiments for observing time is about 4 times. About 160 co-authors from 18 countries sent "letters of intent" stating their wish to take part in a scientific observation program RadioAstron. The maximum number of authors — 34 — from Russia, followed by Australia, Germany and the U.S. with the number of participants, on average, 20 scientists on the country. It was a pleasure to see such an active response of the world community. It shows a high evaluation of the first results of the project and understand the potential of the new high-current telescope Spektr-R — RadioAstron. "
Subject received applications for scientific experiments covers a very wide range of scientific problems RadioAstron mission. Among these, the largest number of applications associated with the studies of active galactic nuclei, sources of maser emission of pulsars, the interstellar medium, fast transient flare objects. A number of applications dedicated to the problems of astrometry, gravitation and cosmology.
The application process will take place in three stages. In the first stage (to 17 October 2012) research teams had to send "letters of intent" to describe the main idea of your project and the amount of the required observation time. In the second stage (3-4 December 2012) research teams of participants gather at the Institute of Radio Astronomy Max Planck Society (Bonn, Germany) to discuss the proposed projects. During this period, will be the formation of international consortia in areas of key scientific programs RadioAstron mission. The final full proposals from groups formed for the period from July 2013 to June 2014, inclusive, are expected to be February 1, 2013
Participation in the first and second stages is designed to help teams of scientists to prepare the most elaborate and technical feasibility of the application, however, it is not mandatory.