YEREVAN, December 3. / ARKA /. Installation of three new telescopes at Byurakan Observatory in Armenia will allow to incorporate it into the international space monitoring system, former Russian ambassador to Armenia Vyacheslav Kovalenko, who is now director of regional programs at the Caspian Institute of Cooperation, told ARKA.
He said the modernized observatory will work at full capacity by the end of 2013. The modernization program is being conducted with Russian Academy of Sciences and some Russian enterprises.
Five new Russia-manufactured telescopes will also be installed at the observatory, the ambassador said.
During a Monday visit to Armenia, Russian president Vladimir Putin said Russia and Armenia agreed to support joint high tech projects and initiatives. He specified that the parties agreed to create a communication satellite for Armenia and use the Byurakan observatory for join space research.
The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) was founded in 1946 at the initiative of prominent astrophysicist Viktor Hambartsumyan, who became its first director. The observatory is engaged largely in studying the instability phenomena in the Universe. -0-