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.
Officers here sit a lot while working and have simulators to exercise from time to time.
Menu: sugar, milk, sour-cream, eggs, bread, coffee for breakfast, soups, juice, meat, porridge, spaghetti for lunch, and fish, smashed potatoes, cheese, tea, sausage for supper.
Space Troops are Russian Pride.
Some objects have names of their own. This one is named after Noginsk city in the Moscow region as officers of the unit are in good relations with the city administration and their kids go to schools which are official branches of Noginsk schools in Nurek.
This dome is opened.
The dome can be opened with the help of a system that will seem simple to anyone with a degree in technical sciences.
Rotation of the telescope is carried out in several planes.
This very object is under maintenance service right now.
A part of the complex if observed from the helicopter ground.
The complex is surrounded by the hence under voltage. ‘Border of the post’
This view is opened from President’s summer house.
Abandoned barracks that had been used by soldiers till 1990 can be seen in the picture. Following the civi lwar in Tajikistan when number of people present at the object were reduced to minimum the barracks were left and abandoned. Now soldiers stay in official housing in Nurek. Those who don’t have a family of their own have to share rooms.
Officers raised money to build the church.
The sports ground is occupied by officers in the morning.