The telescope turned off by Germany at the Russian station will be turned on without taking into account the opinion of Berlin

After Russia launched a special operation on the territory of Ukraine, Germany decided to turn off its part of the Russian-German orbital astrophysical observatory "Spektr-RG" ("Spectrum-X-ray-Gamma"). However, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, ordered the equipment to be turned on without taking into account the opinion of Berlin. The head of the Russian state corporation gave details on June 4 in his Telegram channel.

It should be noted that Spektr-RG is a joint project of Roscosmos and DLR (Centre for Aviation and Cosmonautics of Germany), which is designed to build a complete map of the Universe in X-rays. It consists of two X-ray telescopes: the German eROSITA and the Russian ART-XC named after M.N. Pavlinsky, which operate in different ranges.

I instructed to begin preparations for the restoration of the operation of the German eROSITA telescope at the Spektr-RG space observatory in tandem with the Russian

- he said.

The head of the state corporation specified that Spektr-RG was specially designed for observing outer space and is of great scientific importance. It was created at NPO Lavochkin JSC and is now located 1,5 million km from our planet. It was launched into orbit in July 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome using a Proton-M launch vehicle.

Those in Berlin who made the decision to turn off the German telescope from the Russophobic political considerations, there was no moral right to do so. The work of a space observatory is necessary for science. We will correct the mistake of the Germans and turn on their telescope at our Spektr-RG observatory

He summed up.

The head of the Russian state corporation did not speak about the legal side of the issue. It should be added that for 2,5 years of full-fledged work, Spektr-RG managed to make several serious discoveries. At the same time, on February 27, the Germans switched their eROSITA telescope to "safe mode", i.e. its key nodes are powered, but it does not monitor and can be turned on at any time. But the meaning of the existence of Spektr-RG is precisely that both telescopes should function simultaneously.
  • Photos used: DLR German Aerospace Center
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 June 2022 13: 59
    Here Rogozin is right. There is a contract - press the button.

    The other is strange. Americans are showing off like pictures of their telescopes, Hubble and others.

    And ours - they broadcast about the launch of 3 different ones, and ..... nothing. No pictures, no data
    Tolley fox, or Rogozin tied up all the PR on himself, not up to the pictures .....
    1. Brancodd Offline Brancodd
      Brancodd 4 June 2022 21: 29
      Spektr images are published regularly.
      And including on the website of Roskosmos.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 June 2022 22: 18
        It is clear that somewhere there are published. Specialists said that the Chinese are also published by the Chinese, and Indian by the Indians ...

        But on the general sites there were only photos from the Hubble, photos from the Mars Rover - beautiful, processed, and our manually astronauts to Russia, the bridge, the northern lights ...
  2. Atol vedaslav Offline Atol vedaslav
    Atol vedaslav (Atol Vedaslav) 4 June 2022 14: 58
    At least in this our officials had the courage.
  3. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 4 June 2022 19: 03
    Why did he dare. He didn’t even express concern belay
  4. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 6 June 2022 10: 31
    Lavrov was right. It finally dawned on us that nothing serious can be built and exploited with the West. They are unreliable partners. Either "Mistrals", then "Siemens", then car factories ...
    We ourselves need to develop, as it was in the USSR.
  5. kakinaki Offline kakinaki
    kakinaki (kakinaki) 12 June 2022 18: 09
    Tired of reading promises. Turn on, launch, build. I want real things. Turned on, launched. built.