Unknown space exposure caused a malfunction in the Spectrum RG telescope

The work of the Russian-German telescope "Spectrum-RG", which successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in July this year, encountered problems. According to the agency RIA Newsreferring to the source, the observatory experienced an unknown effect in space, in connection with which it was decided to disconnect 4 mirror modules.




According to Peter Predel, the project’s supervisor from Germany, there were changes in the settings of the telescope equipment that were not made by the ground control center. Failure was detected in 3 electronics blocks. At the same time, two of the three working cameras are sensitive to light, if the device takes a certain position to the Sun.

Right now, only 3 mirror modules of the eROSITA primary telescope allow limited calibration. However, scientists claim that all other modules and systems are in working condition. A decision on further action is expected to be made on Friday, October 11th, after a second internal review.

Recall that the Spectrum RG observatory is a Russian-German development and is designed to study space objects in the x-ray range. The device was launched on July 13 of this year and after about 100 days should be located in the vicinity of the Lagrange point L2 of the Sun-Earth system.
Photos used: https://www.laspace.ru/
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  1. slipped Offline
    slipped 9 October 2019 18: 25
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    The eROSITA telescope is not a BASIC telescope. There are two telescopes, this can be seen in the photo, and they perform various functions. Calibration failed on a German telescope. Correct. The Russian ART-XC telescope works well.
    1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
      Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 October 2019 09: 10
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      Thanks. And then a little something - they all fall on the "Unknown cosmic impact."
      Holes, inverted sensors, cracks in the spaceport ...
  2. semen Offline
    semen (syoma) 10 October 2019 14: 37
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    ... unknown effect in space ...

    - Americans are probably to blame.