Highly powerful telescope to be installed in Altay
20 Jun '12
A unique optic-laser system will be launched at the Altay Optic-Laser Center named after German Titov, ITAR-TASS reports.
The highly powerful telescope will reportedly be installed at the height of 650 meters (over 2,130 feet). Despite its heavy weight of 100 tons the device will be very flexible and maneuverable. Tracking speed will average 3 angle degrees per second, and focus accuracy will be about 2 angle seconds.
The telescope will be able to detect small-size space objects, the so-called spy-satellites; track objects in infrared light with no sun light; locate low-orbit objects without angle reflectors; carry out laser location of the Moon for specifying influence of the “Moon-Earth” system on satellite orbits of GLONASS system.
According to Yevgeny Grishin, the deputy chief engineer of the corporation “Precision Tool Systems”, the telescope provides high-dimension images of space objects. “The telescope can provide an image of a matchbox-size object from 200-kilometer distance. The system can also catch a photometric signal from 2-3-centimeter objects from 36,000-kilometer distance”.
The telescope is scheduled to be launched in 2014. The only similar device – the US’ AEOS – is located on the Hawaii Islands.