Concept art of Spektr-R. Image: © Astro Space Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute
Russia has lost control over its Spectral R satellite, which carries the only telescope.
While Spectral R is still transmitting scientific information and orbiting, the BBC reported.
Yuri Kovalev, head of research for the Spektr-R mission, told a newsletter TASS that the malfunction occurred when a signal from the ground failed to switch. It is unclear what caused the glitch, but TASS reported on Monday.
The malfunction of the malfunction is the fact that the satellite is still present.
"That's right," said Kovalev. Efficiency to communicate with the spacecraft continued on Monday.
Launched in July 2011, Spectr-R is equipped with a 10-meter-wide radio antenna designed to pick up radio emissions in the Milky Way, and beyond.
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Headsets of lightning from the Earth. Because the spacecraft's highly elliptical orbit takes some 300,000 kilometers from our planet, it can help produce extremely high-resolution images.
The mission was expected to last five years, so it has surpassed its projected lifespan. While they are on the road, they are still working on a satellite, called Spektr RG, later in 2019.
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