16 Rusting Ionospheric Research Station In Ukraine

Rusting Ionospheric Research Station In Ukraine

Posted on January 9, 2012 by


In the Soviet time, Kharkov was one of the most important scientific and research centers of the country. Numerous institutes of higher education, both civil and military, large factories and research institutes worked for the benefit of the Soviet Union and Soviet people. After the disintegration of the USSR, the independent countries were too weak to support scientific researchers and preferred to turn to corruption and theft. Best Soviet scientists and engineers who found themselves to be needless in their countries, began moving to the west, one after another. As a result, factories and research institutes became abandoned and army lost its power. During these years of shock and chaos, one of the best scientific objects of the Soviet Union, the Ionospheric Research Station of Zmiev, came to almost a complete stop.


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This Ionospheric Research Station was built before the fall of the Soviet Union in the city of Zmiev, near Kharkov, Ukraine. The station was an analogue of the American HAARP station located in Alaska which is, by the way, still operational. The station included several antenna fields and a 12.5 MW antenna that is 25 meters in diameter. Ukraine, a newly formed independent country, did not find it necessary to maintain the pricy station and now these are stalkers, tourists and hunters for nonferrous metal who show interest in it.

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16 Responses to “Rusting Ionospheric Research Station In Ukraine”

  1. Kaputnik says:

    In the end, the b*stards always win, and science and education slip away because they take more work than thievery and politics…

  2. 山下智久 says:

    That car look like a volkswagen skoda fabia

  3. JohnnyBGoode says:

    Sure, Russia today is without corruption, has decent politics and can feed everybody in the country. Russia is still crying over the “lost” countries that found it better to be independent than to remain under Russian politics…

  4. geoff says:

    Lana Sator’s site is terrific.

    Quote “now there are stalkers, tourists and hunters for nonferrous metal who show interest in it”

    So is the little dog a stalker a tourist or a hunter

  5. Osip says:

    Weird science.

  6. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Why not recycle all of that material?

    • Pedro says:

      and then where you could see this lovely posts? imo it’s part of history. let it be. it doesn’t hurt. there are other stuff to recycle.

  7. (r)evolutionist says:

    Science out, s*x tourism and beauty contests in. Yep, that’s capitalism.

  8. petrohof says:

    ion reflector? no, most likely ion catcher.

  9. petrohof says:

    don’t see the guard anywhere

  10. Anyways, very nice location.

  11. Freddy Freire says:

    What a waste of useful science resources…

    Billions on rubles and dollars, for what?

    In the menatime, a lot of hungry people walk around cities without a piece of food in their hand.

  12. Osip says:

    Looks like the Soviet mind control mechanism didn’t work. Perhaps USA has more success.

  13. seven77 says:

    I can’t think of any reason why so many f*ng expensive stuff is simply abandoned, left to rust.

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