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What Did They Mean It To Be?

Posted on November 10, 2011 by


Some say they were going to test satellites and space shuttles inside this tower, other people believe it was connected to telescope testing. The most interesting version is that in this tower they were going to test lasers and probably military ones, which could destroy upcoming ships.


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In the distance you can see a crane and the tower.

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13 Responses to “What Did They Mean It To Be?”

  1. Abyss says:

    Diving tower maybe?

  2. ClaudioM says:

    Nice set for another “X-Files” sequel…

  3. George Johnson says:

    Looks like a giant water tank and compression/decompression chamber, for maybe outer space simulation. Like the water tank the American astronauts train in, in Huntsville Alabama.

  4. petrohof says:

    when you consider the vast amount of abandoned or unfinished work in russia it is somehow very sad. all that money could have gone to building a better world. of course the usa may be even worse.

    • yojimbo says:

      Actually Eisenhower spoke of this in his farewell speech; the military industrial complex which both the USA and USSR both had/have the US spent something like 55% of GDP on military and related projects and the USSR spent a whopping 70% of GDP.

      So there are a lot of things that all that money could have been spent on.Flip side of the coin some of this stuff does benefit all humans for example medicine since the dawn of time has always benefited form warfare better ways of dong things come about form combat related medicine.It is one of those things I suppose.People will always want to have power and keep others from having that power.

      • Archy Bunka says:

        Your numbers are way off. The USA never spent anything close to 70 percent of it’s GDP on defense. It’s hard to claim how much the USSR spent, since they used to claim to spend a ridiculously low sum. Your point, otherwise, is a good one, thank you.

  5. RAB says:

    very surreal and a bit sad to see the work that went into this. Maybe it could be turned into a hotel water park.But where are all the people?

  6. Osip says:

    There are many tonnes of rust free steel in the construction! Why has this not been reclaimed?

  7. Hirsh says:

    Is the inner liner stainless or corrosion treated? Seeing as it’s an open air structure i would have expected a more uniform patina of rust by now.

    Would love to know what the real use for this facility was going to be. Research? Manufacturing?

    • Hirsh says:

      Well the U3P website suggests construction stopped on this during the perestroika era, so it’s an abandoned Soviet project.

      The main chamber and side chambers must be some seriously high quality stainless steel. At least that’s my guess.

      This is the kind of supercool stuff i browse English Russia hoping to find, not comments about guns, politics and morality! :)

      No more of my getting caught up in that here again, ever! For years i never even commented about the photos here. From now on any comments i make will be about the photos and that’s it. the other stuff just ruins it!

  8. Hirsh says:

    the photo with “Some meaningless inscriptions” are not meaningless at all. Googling the leftside inscription will lead you to the Urban3P Project website.

    Russian page for this site: http://urban3p.ru/object2015/

    Just paste the link into google and click “translate this page” for english.

    I didn’t have any luck with the rightside inscription other then going to caves.ru

  9. Mummeli says:

    Well, first i’d like to know what that ‘optical institution’ is actually doing in the first place, since they are the ones who bought the place. Not that hard to find eh?

  10. Ota Bartos says:

    This is State Optical Institute (GOI) of S.I.Vavilov in Sosnovyi Bor near St. Petersburg. The big cillindric building is an enormous vacuum chamber for testing optics elements for space industry, perhaps the mirrors for surveillance sattelites. Also there was installed a 30 TW laser, which purpose was perhaps evaluation for weaponry purposes.

    The institute is located here https://goo.gl/maps/4OpAH

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