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Russian Biosatellite Can Operate Autonomously – Roscosmos

RIA Novosti

15:06 24/07/2014

MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – The reception of telemetry data from the Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, even after connection with the biosatellite was lost proves that it can operate autonomously for a long time, Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency, said in a statement Thursday.

"We process and analyze the telemetry information we receive from the spacecraft [Foton-M] about its systems functioning. The results of analysis show that all support systems of the satellite are operating in a proper way," the statement on agency's website reads.

The agency specified that the design and onboard control systems of the Foton-M enable its self-sufficient operation.

The Foton-M was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a mission to study the effect of weightlessness on plants and insects, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.



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