Russia plans two space laboratories by 2016

Russia is planning to launch two space laboratories within the next four years, according to a space company.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 10:04 AM IST

Moscow: Russia is planning to launch two space laboratories within the next four years, according to a space company.

An x-ray observatory, Spektr-RG, will be launched in 2013, said the Central Scientific Research Institute of Machine Manufacturing.

It will study the large scale structure of the universe and super-massive black holes, among other things.

Spektr-UF, a UV space observatory, to be launched in 2016, will be an international project with Russian, Spanish, German and Ukrainian participants.

It is designed to study the universe in the ultraviolet spectrum, which is out of reach to ground based instruments.

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