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Sep 13, 2020
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RAS: Britain bypassed sanctions on the export of space electronics to the Russian Federation

Deputy Director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Sachkov said that the UK and the Russian Federation were able to resolve the issue of supplying sanctioned electronics for the Spektr-UF space telescope, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, samples of flight products came from Britain - electronic blocks for the radiation receiver. He explained that before that there were problems with their delivery due to sanctions, and added that according to the contract, all the equipment should be delivered in 2022.

As a reminder, in 2014, the British company E2V was unable to supply equipment to Russia due to the fact that American parts were used in its manufacture, which fell under the requirements of the rules for the export of defense goods and services.

Astrophysical observatory "Spectrum-UV" is needed by scientists for observations in the region of the UV spectrum inaccessible to ground-based telescopes. The observatory is going to be sent into space on the Angara-A5 rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome in 2025.

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