Ukraine abandons Russian space project

Source : 112 Ukraine

Gamma-400 observatory will be researching gamma rays
12:56, 24 June 2020

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Kyiv and Rome refused to take part in creation of Gamma-400, the joint initiative, an astrophysic observatory, which will be researching gamma rays. Thus, the telescope will be developed by Russia and Belarus, the remaining members of the initiative. RIA Novosti news agency reported that, referring to Arkadiy Galper, the Chief Scientific Officer of Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The official said that at some point, they and their Italian colleagues decided to stop cooperation.

"With Ukrainians, we were just forced to stop working, since their management allegedly recommended scientists not to participate", he said. 

The observatory is supposed to be launched in 2030. 

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Ukrainian members were supposed to manufacture detectors, transparent crystals that gamma particles come through, losing power. Hence, one can measure these particles. The Ukrainian side was also responsible for devices measuring electromagnetic environment. The Russian side will now be working on these devices.

Belarusian scientists will be working on ground-based equipment that is supposed to test the observatory.

Gamma-400 is supposed to be collecting data to determine the nature of dark matter in the universe.

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