The photo taken on September 24, 2016 shows the 500-meter Aperture Sphere Telescope (FAST), the world's largest radio telescope, in Pingtang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Xinhua / Liu Xu)
MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) – Control over Russia's only space radio telescope, Spektr-R, has been lost due to a communication failure, the Russian Academy of Sciences said on Saturday.
The telescope could not recognize the instructions from the control center, but is still sending data to Earth, according to Nikolai Kardashev, director of the Astro Space Center at the Institute of Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
"There are now attempts to fix the situation … There are several communication systems there, some of which are operating and others are not … These failures have already happened, everything can work again, we hope for that," Kardashev. was quoted by the Sputnik news agency as saying.
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 its active operation expired in 2014, after which it continued to solve target problems, according to Russian space corporation Roscosmos.
Another attempt to re-establish contact with the telescope will take place on Sunday, Roscosmos said.