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Kiev and Rome refused to participate in the Russian space project

Ukraine and Italy refused to participate in the establishment of astrophysical space Observatory Gamma-400, designed to observe gamma-ray sources in the Universe, the telescope will be purely Russian, told RIA Novosti scientific project Manager, chief researcher of the physics Institute Arkady'per.

In April the General Director of NPO Lavochkin, Vladimir Kolmykov told RIA Novosti that the launch of the Observatory is planned in 2030.

"We at some point there was a break in relations with our Italian colleagues. Did not work is purely administrative. They had no financial restrictions," — said the'per.

According to him, the Italians had to do for the Observatory Gamma-400 the part of the instrument that measured the angle of arrival of the gamma particles.

The'per also said that of project Gamma-400 left Ukraine. "Ukrainians, we just had to stop work because their scientists as if in a polite manner their leadership recommended not to take part," he said.

Ukraine had to manufacture detectors — clear crystals, through which gamma-particle loses energy and it can be measured. Also the task of the Ukrainian side was to make an instrument that measures the electromagnetic environment.

"The equipment now has to do the Institute of space research, and our crystals, we expect that in two years, will be the same as previously planned," — said the scientist.

However, according to him, the project Gamma-400 will participate Belarus. "At the level of academies of Sciences was signed the act of intent to work together," said the'per.

In particular, Belarus is ready to produce a part of the ground equipment required for testing of the Observatory.

Observatory Gamma-400 is designed to obtain data to determine the nature of "dark matter" in the Universe, the development of the theory of the origin of high-energy cosmic rays and particle physics, study of cosmic gamma radiation in the range of high energies and x-ray radiation, charged particles of cosmic rays, the search for and study of gamma-ray bursts.

In addition to the Physical Institute and NPO Lavochkin, the project involves national research nuclear Institute MEPhI, Institute of space research Russian Academy of Sciences and the Federal scientific center — research Institute of system researches.