Photo taken on September 24, 2016 shows the 500-meter-wide Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), the world's largest radio telescope, in Pingtang County, southwest China's Guizhou province. (Xinhua / Liu Xu)
MOSKOW, January 12 (Xinhua) – Control over Russia's only space radar telescope Spektr-R has been lost due to a failure of communication, the Russian Academy of Sciences said Saturday.
The telescope could not recognize instructions from the control center, but still sends data back to earth, according to Nikolai Kardashev, head of the Astro Space Center of the Russian Academy of the Science Institute's Physical Institute.
"Now you try to fix the situation … There are various communication systems where, some of them work and some are not … Such failures have already happened. Everything can work again. We hope for it," Kardashev was quoted by Sputnik news agency
Several attempts to regain control of the telescope had failed, he said.
The Spektr-R telescope was launched in 2011 and the warranty period for the active business expired in 2014, after which it continued to solve targets on Russia, according to Russia's state-owned space company Roscosmos.
Another attempt to re-establish contact with the telescope will take place on Sunday, Roscosmos said.