Priority areas of Astrochallenge SAE:
1. Research of high energy astrophysical objects and evolutionary processes in the Universe (gamma-ray bursts, supernovas, supermassive black holes, gravitational wave sources, dark matter, dark energy)
2. Complex monitoring of the fleeting space processes (comets, asteroids, meteoritic matter, space junk) to ensure the safety of life and equipment performance on Earth and in Space.
3. Application of space research results in the national economy: space geodesy, space technologies in mapping, ecology and land development management.
4. Formation of a highly precise selenocentric navigation network for its use in the navigation system GLONASS for the solution of astronavigation problems: completion of tasks in the sphere of physical planetary libration; creation of a selenocentric navigation network
5. Formation and development of distributed systems of near and deep space monitoring, including platform elements of microsatellite basing
Within the framework of the Program for Enhancing KFU’s Competitive Ranking, we have established Centers of Excellence and world-class laboratories led by more than 10 world renowned scientists with h-index above 30 (including A. Starobinsky and R. Sunyaev). However, the investment obtained up to date for the development of this areas significantly limits SAE’s abilities to increase its contribution, as part of KFU, into creating a preemptive education system and providing explosive growth of research efficiency and relevance.
SAE’s main advantages:
– Unique infrastructure including:
– RTT 150 Russian-Turkish optical telescope with 150 cm primary mirror
– System of wide optical monitoring MiniMegaTortora (MMT)
– Engelhardt Astronomical Observatory
– North Caucasian Astronomical Station of KFU
– “Radiophysical Proving Ground” equipped with the new set of the Radio interferometric SKiYMETAll-SKY
* The joint laboratory with the following leading companies: Keysight Technologies, Rohde&Schwarz, Cisco, Trimble, National Instruments
* Close international connections with space orbital observatories Integral, Swift, Planck, Spectrum-Rg