The Russian Academy of Sciences is concerned about the plans of Roscosmos to turn on one of the two telescopes (eROSITA) disabled by Germany at the Spektr-RG space observatory
"The Russian Academy of Sciences will discuss with Roscosmos the fate of the German eROSITA telescope, which is part of the Russian Spektr-RG observatory, scientists are concerned that the plans of the state corporation for the independent use of the telescope will harm it. The president of the Academy, Alexander Sergeev, told Interfax about this: "Our management of eROSITA is not an easy task and in some sense even risky. Because we did not create this device and we did not operate it. This technique is very serious, unique, and our scientists have concerns, will we be able to manage properly in principle? Colleagues express concern about whether we will spoil the device with this.""
I answer: no, we won't spoil it.
The telescope was turned off not by the Germans, but by Russian specialists at the request of Germany. The Spektr-RG space observatory was assembled at a Russian enterprise by Russian engineers. It was launched into space by Russian rocket scientists and launch vehicles.
Russian astronomers need a working observatory, not a de-energized piece of iron and glass dangling one and a half million kilometers from Earth. The significance of the results of the work of Spektr-RG is enormous, it is this observatory that tracks phenomena in deep space that can affect, including destructively, life on our Planet. Therefore, it's enough for us to dance to the tune of Western hysterical "partners" and our collaborators. It's enough for us that the European Space Agency ruined the joint Mars research mission "ExoMars", which was fully ready for launch in September this year. Now they want to ruin Spectrum-RG as well.
Our scientific community and our space industry should act coherently and exclusively in the interests of national science and be guided solely by our national interests. The observatory should serve higher science, and not the whims of petty European politicians, whose name no one knows and does not want to know.
Roscosmos specialists are world-class professionals. They will be able to solve the task assigned to them without damaging the control circuit of the German telescope. The time will come when the Germans will thank us themselves. Even if our own critics remain silent at the same time.
I hope that the friends of Roscosmos at the Russian Academy of Sciences and the President of the Academy, Alexander Mikhailovich Sergeev, will treat my arguments with respect and understanding.