A rocket carrying the Spektr-R radio astronomy observatory blasts off into space on 18 July, 2011

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The Spektr-R radio astronomy observatory was despatched into house in July 2011

Russia’s solely house radio telescope is not responding to instructions from Earth, officers say.

Astro Area Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev stated a few of the Spektr-R satellite tv for pc’s communication techniques had stopped working.

But it surely was nonetheless transmitting scientific information, RIA Novosti information company studies.

The telescope has been operational manner past its anticipated five-year lifespan, Russia’s house company Roskosmos says.

Specialists had repeatedly tried and failed to repair the misplaced connection, Mr Kardashev stated.

Yuri Kovalev, head of analysis for the Spektr-R mission, stated the hyperlink went down on the morning of 11 January, however added that “there may be nonetheless hope”.

Spektr-R was launched into house in 2011.

A brand new Russian-German satellite tv for pc, Spektr-RG, is scheduled to be launched this 12 months.