15 Window Into Space

Window Into Space

Today we’ll visit a unique complex of space monitoring located 9 km away from the Tajik city of Nurek.

The place was chosen in 1970 due to its atmospheric properties such as transparency and stability and number of clear night hours (over 1500 hours a year). Places with similar parameters can be found in the Caucasus and in Tajikistan. However, the complex of Nurek city is located more to the south and embraces a greater amount of objects.

The complex is a property of the Russian Aerospace Security Forces and since 1999 has been functioning as normal. It is called Okno or Window and is capable of detecting, identifying and finding orbits of space objects located 2000-40000 km high and over 1 meter in size. The road to the complex saw last repairs long time ago and is supplied with an indicator warning that there is no passage.

The computer centre. The working principle of the complex is rather simple and allows to discover space objects considering the light they are reflecting.

Space monitoring is carried out at night when both old and new objects are immediately fixed. The catalog of the complex includes 9000 space objects in general. Space communications systems.

Agitation is of a great importance here just like anywhere in the army. The entrance to the computer center is decorated with a sign saying that ‘military duty is the best way of combat readiness support’

The domes represent the complexes of space probing. They are not functioning in the afternoon and are closed.

Water reservoir of the hydro power plant in Nurek.

This is a summer house of Tajikistan President, by the way.

All incoming data are seen on the monitor. The monitors are switched off in the afternoon.

The military unit was awarded with the banner by Commander of Russian Space Troops.


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15 Responses to “Window Into Space”

  1. geoff says:

    I love that. In a city where I used to live there is a similar facility. It was mainly for American NASA

    And “Smashed potatoes” for breakfast. My favorite.

    • yojimbo says:

      I know what you are talking about the facility was used in the early space flight days for tracking purposes they used it for some time into the 70’s I am not sure if it is still in use or not.

  2. Hirsh says:

    I’m intrigued by the geodesic raised panels that the domes are made of. Is each one a separate module that the domes are assembled from? Surely they must have form to their function. I can’t believe the Soviets would have made a technical installation look awesome like that just for the sake of it.

  3. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    Thanks for the peek into a cool place. One question: Is this where they tracked “space monkey?”

  4. Verto says:

    Eye in the sky ! ! ! ! ! !why Tajik authorities don’t took over this facility ? ? ? Due to lack of “technical” Know how or financial difficulties ? ? ? or justifying the “presence” of Russian military units ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Babysitter says:

      Because they have no need for such a system. What would they use it for? And Russians are paying for it. Also, Russian military “presence” in Tajikistan is justified by the fact that two countries form military alliance which has saved the country from Taliban invasion.

  5. Osip says:

    Someone should paint these to resemble the smiley faces.

  6. Captain Kirk says:

    Beam me up SCotty.

  7. Dmitriy says:

    Tajik is not a Russia.

  8. yojimbo says:

    They really did land on the moon two ways to prove it one is that they left a laser that points back towards earth this laser is still active it was placed there to measure the variation of the moon and earth as they move through space.

    The other is that with a powerful telescope the kind found at an observatory if one looks and the landing sights you can still see the materiel left behind only part of the lunar lander came back form each moon mission and they also had to leave the lunar cars behind all of these can be seen.

    I agree with your distrust of the US government but in the same breath you seem to think that you can trust the Russian government when the fact is that no mater the origin or nation the government that happens to be the current world power(currently the US) will do the same things.

    Until people see the world and the people in for what they are and not what some power or group tells them this will never change perhaps the name of the nation may change but the status qua will not.

    • geoff says:

      yojimbo, so right. We are all just people trying to live our life.

      When there is peace in our hearts we will have peace in our world.

  9. Archy Bunka says:

    NASA recently released photographs of the lunar landing sights taken from Earth. I consider the idea that Apollo was a fraud as silly. It may have been possible to fake one landing, but six? Not very likely. FOX news had some absurd special claiming the moon landings were fake several years ago, I don’t believe anything FOX news says.

  10. Hirsh says:

    Re: the Moon Landing Hoax thing… Buzz Aldrin finally got fed up with being harassed by that “moon hoax” guy and punched him in the face. :)

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