Proton-M Launches Spektr-RG Astrophyics Observatory

Proton-M rocket launches the Spektr-RG observatory. (Credit: Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (July 13, 2019) — Proton-M carrier rocket with DM-03 booster and Spektr-RG unique space astrophysical observatory was successfully launched from launch pad N81 at Baikonur cosmodrome at 15:30 Moscow time. The launch and the flight of the rocket went flawlessly making it the second launch of the type in 2019.

According to the launch sequence, at 17:30 Moscow time the spacecraft separated from DM-03 booster designed by Energia company and the orbital observatory commenced its 100-day flight towards the L2 libration point of the Sun – Earth system, where it will be exploring the Universe in X-ray spectrum of electromagnetic emission.

The following operations are scheduled during the flight: support systems check, telescope adjustment, calibration and testing, test astrophysical observations. The observations are scheduled to be performed for 6.5 years with 4 years in scanning the sky of stars mode and 2.5 years in pinpoint observations of the objects in the Universe.