Russia’s Spekt-R Space Telescope Not Responding to Commands

TASS reports that Russia’s Spektr-R space radio telescope is not responding to commands from the ground.

“Today’s program of an effort to try to contact with the spacecraft has ended. Now a meeting of the operational and technical leadership is underway on the outcome,” Bloshenko said.

The effort to establish contact with Spektr-R will continue after 7 p.m. on Monday when it will be seen by both earth stations, Medvezhji Ozera and Ussuriysk. “We are planning to repeat today’s program of work,” he said.

Spektr-R was launched in 2011 and the warranty period of its active operation expired back in 2014. Before this year, the radio telescope continued tackling targeted tasks, Roscosmos said.