Our destination today is the space communications centre “Medvezhye Ozera” (“Bear Lakes”). Here at the polygon they provide TV broadcast and satellite communication not only for Russia but for outside too. One of the four grand radio telescopes is located here. It’s unique due to its power and dimensions of the antenna providing data reception from satellites. The diameter of the antenna mirror is 60m. The construction is dated 1983.
It used to be almost impossible to come close to such strategic constructions without special permission. Today any countryside boy may play on its territory…
Cemetery of discarded fighters with one helicopter is nearby.
The helicopter cabin is very low but accomodates about 10 persons.
The antenna maintenance is carried out only at 90 degrees angle.
Place for maintenance
View at the countryside