From September 9 to September 11, an international workshop “Millimetron workshop 2019” was held in Paris. Russian scientists discussed with foreign colleagues the project of the Russian space telescope Millimetron. During the meeting, the development status and characteristics of the space telescope mirror, the scientific tasks of the future mission, and the prospects for the international interaction of scientific teams were discussed.

Representatives of the following scientific organizations attended the workshop: FIAN Astro Space Center, Ural Federal University, University of Rome (Unvi. Di Roma Sapienza), French Space Agency (CNES), Shanghai Observatory (SHAO), Mount Purple Observatory (PMO), Institute of Astrophysics of Paris (IAP), Netherlands Space Research Institute (SRON), European Space Agency (ESA / ESTEC), Korea Institute of Astronomy and Space Sciences (KASI), JPL / Caltech, University of Manchester, Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), etc.

Presentations from the workshop can be found at:


On the 18th of June, a press conference "Radioastron - Results and Achievements" was held at Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was devoted to the results of the operation of “Spektr-R” space radio observatory and the international astrophysical project "Radioastron". The developers and participants of the space radio telescope project told about the results and achievements of the “Radioastron” observation program. Also, the scientists told about the work on the next project - Millimetron space observatory and the breakthrough scientific tasks to be solved by this new telescope.

After the press conference, an excursion to the Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory located in the Moscow Region was organized for journalists. The participants were able to see the operation of the Radioastron tracking station - the RT-22 radio telescope, and visited the production of primary mirror composite panels for the Millimetron space observatory.

The list of speakers:

Nikolay Kolachevsky, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of LPI;

Nikolay Kardashev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Astro Space Center of LPI, Head of the Radioastron Project, one of the authors of the VLBI idea;

Yuri Kovalev, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Radioastron Scientific Program, ASC LPI Chief Researcher;

Marina Shatskaya, Head of the Data Processing Center, ASC LPI;

Andrei Smirnov, Head of the Project Complex Laboratory of ASC LPI;

Dmitry Novikov, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Senior Researcher at ASC LPI, one of the participants of the Millimetron project.


Link to the recording of the press conference:


On the 16th of May, 2019, the 13th meeting of the Russian-Korean Joint Committee on Scientific and Technical Cooperation was held at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Sergey Kuzmin, the Korean delegation was headed by First Deputy Minister of Science and Information Technologies of the Republic of Korea, Ms. Mun Mi Ok. Among the participants at the meeting was the representative of Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute.

During the round table the scientists and experts of the two countries held a constructive exchange of views and ideas on possible joint promising projects, including the space research field. The parties discussed the Millimetron project and agreed on further cooperation.

Following the meeting, the heads of national delegations signed the final protocol, according to which the next meeting of the Committee will be held in 2020 in Korea.


Russia-China working group meeting on cooperation in space was held in China. Representatives from Roscosmos, Glavkosmos, ASC LPI and Chinese National Space Administration took part in it.

The parties discussed the implementation of the Russia-China Program of cooperation in space for 2018-2022. Among other things, the parties discussed issues the cooperation between the two countries on the “Spektr-M” (Millimetron) space observatory project.

The Chinese side expressed interest in continuing the cooperation on this project. The parties considered the importance of cooperation in space. Russia and China agreed on the points and directions of cooperation within the Millimetron mission, and also approved a joint plan for the preparation for the signing of the corresponding inter-agency agreement. As a result, the relevant Minutes of the working group and the working group were signed.


Russian astrophysicists told about the results of "Event Horizon Telescope".

On the 10th of April, 2019, the representatives of the international project "Event Horizon Telescope" (EHT) showed the world the first image of the black hole shadow in the galaxy M87. In connection with this outstanding result in Astro Space center of Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow a press conference was held. At this press conference Russian astrophysicists discussed the significance of this discovery, told about the results of their collaboration with the Event Horizon Telescope and also shared the news about the Millimetron project. Remo Tilanus, the Event Horizon Telescope’s manager on the telecon between Moscow and Brussels answered journalists questions about the future of the project and the prospects for cooperation with Russian scientists.

“Event Horizon Telescope” is a project created for direct observation of the vicinity of supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. As the main objectives for the study were selected two objects. The first is the radio source Sagittarius A *, associated with a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy. The second object is the core of the active galaxy M87 - a black hole with a mass of more than 6.5 billion Sun masses. This is one of the largest supermassive black holes known today. Only these two objects can be studied today with EHT, since all the other supermassive black holes have much smaller angular size.


The second part of the interview with the deputy head of the Millimetron project - Thijs de Graauw: about working at the ALMA Observatory, Donald Trump and the place of man in the universe.

The first part of interview with Thijs de Graauw - deputy head of the Millimetron project: on the international cooperation, project competitors and scientific problems that will be solved by the new space telescope..


In accordance with the agreement reached between Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) and Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (ASC LPI), a meeting was held on the 3rd of September, 2018 between KASI and ASC LPI.

During the meeting, KASI reported on the current progress of compact triple band receiver (CTR), ASC LPI reported on the current progress of Millimetron project and status of Radioastron project, KASI reported on the development of the Extended Korean VLBI Network (E-KVN) and the questions related to the collaboration on “Millimetron” project.


From 27 of February till 2 of March, 2017 a meeting was held in South Korea between the representatives of Astro Space Center LPI and Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI). According to the results of the meeting a memorandum of understanding was signed between ASC LPI and KASI on collaboration in Radioastron and Millimetron missions.