Kazakhstan to Launch World’s Fastest Telescope in Autumn
The international Energetic Cosmos Laboratory of the Nazarbayev University has the world’s fastest telescope. The equipment is one of a kind just like the space laboratory which is unique to entire Central Asia.
Researchers here study conduct comprehensive space studies.
The components for the telescope were imported from the United States, but our Kazakh scientists have been involved in its modification.
“It can be directed at any point in the space and make an observation in just 6 seconds. There are processes in space that pass very quickly. One of them is fast gamma-ray bursts. It is an analogue of thermonuclear reactions,” said Researcher of Energetic Cosmos Laboratory of Nazarbayev University, Bekdaulet Shukirgaliev.
The second component of the telescope has been installed in the space observatory on the Assy-Turgen plateau in the Almaty region. The two telescopes will work in conjunction starting this fall.
The space photographs will be available online to scientists from different countries.
The device with a lens with a diameter of only 70 cm is the brainchild of the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory at Nazarbayev University.
To ensure accurate observations of the universe, the scientists need unique ultra-precise detectors, which are also developed by the Kazakh specialists.
“They can be used in any area where information processing is necessary. We use detectors in order to monitor phenomena that occur in the space and other phenomena such as gamma flares. In order to test this detector, we need an absolute zero,” said Researcher of Energetic Cosmos Laboratory of Nazarbayev University, Marzhan Bekbalanova.
It can only be obtained with special equipment that is planned to be installed on a telescope.
Now the main goal is to commercialize such science projects. This is a rather complicated process, but the effects will be invaluable both for Kazakhstan and for the global space industry, experts say.