MOSCOW, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – The command to continue accomplishing the scheduled tasks has been sent to the Russian Foton-M biosatellite after communication with the spacecraft was restored, the representative of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti Saturday.
“Communication with the Foton-M satellite has been restored. During the communication session the commands were sent to take the telemetry information and to continue the operational tasks of the spaceflight. All biosatellite’s systems work properly,” he said.
On July 24, Roscosmos said that Foton-M remained at the reference orbit and it was not possible to send commands to the spacecraft, which meant the planned maneuver to propel Foton to the near-circular orbit could not be performed.
Foton-M was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a mission to study the effect of weightlessness on living organisms, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.
Communication with the spacecraft was lost the day it was launched.
Roscosmos also said that reception of telemetry data from the satellite, even after connection with the biosatellite was lost, proved that it can operate autonomously for a long time.
Biological experiments onboard of Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, were held according to schedule despite a communication breakdown with the spacecraft.