In French Guiana (South America) from Kuru space launching site, they launched two European satellites 'Soyuz-ST' as a result of an ambitious project which began in 2005. The Europeans have received one of the most safe and trouble-free satellites and plan to make over 50 launches during the next ten years. The launching pad's main peculiarity is the
movable service tower which costed Europe 344 million Euros and was constructed by Russian specialists. The house of the rocket (let's call it this way) has a weight of over 800 tons and protects the satellite from heavy rains which are very typical of that area (over 500 milimeters of precipitation may fall during just one day!).
In St. Petersburg there is a Museum of Electrical Transport. It is located in former Trolley Depot #2. They say, at this place they are going to build another office building or something, so the museum may go out of existence or be deprived of the access road. Apart
from its exhibit collection (some of the tolleys can be found driving along the streets of the city), the building of the museum is of great historical value as well. So, the pursuit of profit threatens the oldest trolley depot of St. Petersburg.
In 1920 they approved a plan of electrification of the RSFSR, thus initiating industrialization of the USSR. They began to introduce electricity into agriculture. Small hydropower plants called 'farm hydropower plants', supplied farms, stockyards and farmers' houses with electricity. However, later adoption of big hydropower plants made 'farm plants' needless, so the biggest part of them disappeared without a trace. Those which have
remained, may be found along the rivers of the USSR, including Moscow area, and this is where we are now. They built different types of 'farm hydropower plants' in the USSR. There were barrage power plans in the western part of the country; in the Caucasus, the Crimea and the Urals, they had derivation power plants. The dams differed as well. There were concrete, metal (movable) and wooden (movable) dams.