to Launch International Space Lab in 2011
Novosti) — Russia will launch an astrophysical space lab
in 2011 from the Baikonur or Kourou (French Guiana)
space center, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos)
head Anatoly Perminov met in Moscow with the head of the German
Space Agency Ludwig Baumgarten. Germany
plans to strengthen its space operation, including [through cooperation]
with Russia," Igor Panarin said.
He said Germany will participate in the Spectrum-RG space lab
research program and build a space telescope, eRosita.
Known previously as Spektr-Rentgen-Gamma, the project was later
transformed into the Spectrum-RG/eRosita/Lobster program.
Roskosmos said earlier the observatory will be placed on an
ideal equatorial orbit (in terms of minimal background radiation)
at an altitude of 580-600 km, below the earth’s radiation belt
with a zero angle achieved by a launch from the space center
in Kourou using a Russian Soyuz-2 booster.
Panarin said the lab with have a payload of up to 1,500 kilograms
and a life span of five years.
He said other participants in the project include the UK, Italy,
Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.