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The space telescope will be launched on the "Hangar" from Vostochny
The Gamma-400 space observatory will be launched by the Angara launch vehicle from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Region. The Astrophysical Observatory will monitor the sources of gamma radiation in the universe.
According to RIA News, The upcoming launch was announced by the project’s project supervisor, chief research associate of the Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Arkady Halper. According to him, earlier launch was planned with the help of the Ukrainian Zenit rocket. Then it was decided to use the Russian Proton. Now it was decided to use the Angara rocket for launching into orbit.
Start-up will be carried out in such a way that the Gamma-400 observatory extends beyond the Earth’s radiation belt in a highly elliptical orbit. After this, the orbit will change to circular, with a height of 200-300 thousand km.
The data collected by the device will be used to study “dark matter”. With their help, scientists want to develop theories of the origin of high-energy cosmic rays and elementary particle physics. The data will also help in the study of cosmic gamma radiation in the high energy and x-ray range.
The launch and the research itself is supervised by scientists from the Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, NPO Lavochkin, the National Research Nuclear Institute MEPhI, the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Federal Research Center - Research Institute for System Research.