Construction of Space Telescope “Millimetron” Begins
Russian Space Telescope project “Millimetron” is being implemented – the specialists of “ISS Reshetnev” made prototypes and models for parts of a future space observatory, which must operate at temperatures close to absolute zero (4.5 K). It was reported by the press service of the Russian Space Agency.
The “Millimetron” is included in the Federal Space Program. It was proposed by Astro Space Center of the P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute under the RAS headed by Academician N.S. Kardashev as a continuation and development of the project “Radioastron” – the world’s largest space radio telescope, which is now successfully operating in orbit together with 40 Russian and foreign ground radio telescopes.
Future Space Observatory “Millimetron” as opposed to “Radioastron” will work in a different wavelength range – from 0.3 to 17 mm, which allows using this telescope to achieve a much higher angular resolution, especially in an interferometer mode.