Russian Company Builds Lens for Brazilian Observatory

PHOTO by Pavel Lisitsyn / RIA Novosti

Schwabe, a company that is a Rostec holding, has supplied an oversized lens for detecting space debris to the Pico dos Dias Observatory in Brazil, according to Schwabe’s press service.

"During the first tests at the Brazilian observatory, our optical system demonstrated its ability to capture a high-quality image,” said Sergei Popov, first deputy director general of Schwabe. “In the future, [the optical system] will operate reliably for the whole complex. The commissioning of the lens is scheduled for 2017.”

The lens was made by the Lytkarino Optical Glass Factory and was sent to Brazil at the end of January 2017. Lens construction consists of several lenses and astro-ceramic mirrors. Using the lens, the observatory can detect and track space debris.