Russia’s first space monitoring system begins working in Altai

First of the four systems to be made in Russia, began working at the Titov optical-laser center

The space monitoring system, first of the four to be made in Russia, began working in Altai at the Titov optical-laser center, director general of the Precision Instrumentation Systems Corporation, Yuri Roi, told reporters on Aug. 6.

"The order to put the complex on combat duty, which is most important not only for Russia, but for the entire world, has been signed," he said. "This is a space monitoring system. Russia will have four of them - in Kaliningrad, in the Far East and in Crimea, and the first one is ready now in Altai. It will be serviced jointly by the civil and the military, and this system may locate space apparatuses, fragments, nano satellites, space waste - everything which may be harmful for space apparatuses, including ISS (the International Space Station)," he said.

The new monitoring system is one of the three main facilities at the Altai optical-laser center, he continued. The first facility with a telescope, which allows viewing objects at the distance of 40,000 kilometers, was put operational in 2006. The second stage, where the optical telescope will have the main mirror of 3.12 meters in diameter, will be ready in 2017.

"Construction of the second stage was finalized last year, and now we finalize installation and launching of the unique telescope to receive pictures, which will be of very high resolution," the official said adding development of the technical parts of the Altai optical and laser center without prices of the infrastructures required investments of about three billion rubles (some $45.7 million).

TASS reported earlier, the Altai optical laser center makes high-precision measurements of distance and angular coordinates of space apparatuses to adjust their orbits. The Zmeinogorsk district in Altai was picked for this project as it has the biggest number in Russia of clear nights a year - about 160. The telescope of the second stage will be used for detailed pictures of low-orbit space apparatuses. Two similar centers are working in Russia now - not far from Moscow and not far from St. Petersburg.


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