We added this video earlier today to the sidebar (by the way, this is a way to find all of the new videos - just look down the column on the right of the website - it says "Latest videos" and it has them appearing there, or subscribe to English Russia youtube channel). So what's so special about this particular video that it went from the sidebar to the main section is that this year the
Russian army parade on the Red Square had some GoPros (or similar) cameras installed on the vehicles - on tanks, APCs and so on. So this time we can get a view of what it looks like to go around the Red Square on a tank when others dance around or just watch. The best way to see this video is full screen as it's HD, you can get it full screen by clicking here.
The city of Chernobyl-2 is located to the north-west of the small town of Chernobyl, but it is impossible to find on any topographical map. Exploring the maps, you are likely to find a symbol for children, or the dotted lines of forest roads around the city, but no reference to either urban or technical buildings. The Soviet Union was able to hide a secret, especially if it was a military secret. Only with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant did it become known that a small town existed in the Polesian forests,
which was engaged in... "space espionage." In the 70's of the last century, there were created unique military radar systems to track ballistic missiles from military bases and submarines of the likely opponent. The radar that was created was named - horizon radar station (Duga). With it's enormous size and receiving antenna masts, Duga demanded a large human resource - about 1,000 people worked on military duty at the site. For the military and their families there was established a small town with one street.
The Myasishchev M-55 (NATO reporting name: Mystic-B) is a high altitude geophysical research aircraft developed by OKB Myasishchev in the Soviet Union, similar in purpose to the Lockheed ER-2, but with a twin boom fuselage and tail surface
design. It is a twin-engined development of the Myasishchev M-17 Stratosphera with a higher maximum take-off weight. The first aircraft of this series took off August 16, 1988. By 1993, there were six examples built.
In one Russian city, there is a pool-like structure where visitors can see real hippos. Imagine a pool like you might have seen in Chernobyl pictures, back in Soviet times, with Soviet style tiles on the walls, and Soviet
murals, but this time it is not abandoned though it is rusty and filled with water, it has people visiting it and it has real hippos inside indulging in their natural behavior. Here we can see it all.
Wagon TA-05 - the first Soviet car on an electromagnetic levitation system, built in the period of 1985 to 1986. The first successful launch was conducted on February 25, 1986. "Our laboratory is working on a project of creating a passenger wagon that will move without touching the rails. It will move horizontally using the principle of a linear, three-phase,
asynchronous motor. Moving with a cruising speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour, the vehicle will be virtually silent. The track can be raised on a platform over the main thoroughfares of the city. One kilometer will cost 3 to 5 times less than the subway," the Head of the Laboratory VNIIPItransprogress, A. Chemodurov, said in an interview.