http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/south-africa-set-to-join-space-radio-astronomy-programme-2011-09-23"It is now almost certain that South Africa will soon join the Russian-led international Radioastron space telescope consortium. South Africa is expected to sign the agreement late this month or next month.""South Africa is expected to use the new 15 m dish at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), west of Pretoria, to participate in Radioastron. The 15 m dish was originally the XDM prototype dish for the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT, now MeerKAT) programme, but has been converted into an operational radio telescope to complement HartRAO’s main instrument, the 26 m dish."
Interplanetary shock detected by BMSW on September 9, 201131.10.2011Interplanetary shock on September 9, 2011 was observed by Spektr-R as well as by SOHO, Wind and ACE spacecraft.Graphs below show changes of the density and velocity direction as registered by BMSW in sweeping mode (compressed data):These results as well as more information about BMSW had been presented at the workshop "Structure in the Solar-Wind Plasma", Ann Arbor, MI, USA, October 17-20, 2011.
Plasma-F: Three months in orbit18.11.2011Dr. G.N. Zastenker, leading researcher, IKI RASThree months have passed since 'Plasma-F' payload aboard Russian astrophysical satellite SPECTR-R was switched on.Among various phenomena, having occured during this period (August 08 – November 05), of particular interest was extremely sharp distrubance of solar wind which reached the Earth on September 9, 2011 and was registered by BMSW plasm spectrometer.Read more
Today, held the second of the planned correction of the orbit. As in the first case (21 February), everything went normally. Time adjustment of the engine was 333 seconds (February 21 - 300 seconds). Total momentum is ~ 3.5 m / s. More on yesterday's meeting LOCT scientists reported that they were able to correlate the terrestrial and space observation of January 25. To obtain valid scientific results will take another month. The news, of course, is good, but the rate of