An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“Tens of kilometers thru the snow, on foot. Barely walkable path thru the forest. Holding our breath we understand with each step we are getting closer and closer to the object. The place we made all this way is just around the corner”. – this is how Ulter1or remembers his trip to this huge satellite abandoned complex deep in the woods. He, is like the other explorator Armahema, doesn’t give away his real name – they explore the places that are often forbidden to enter, so the secrecy might be a must for them. However the photos he bring back are purely awesome. Massive post inside, a huge – over 25 meters (or 75 feet!) in diameter abandoned scientific satellite dish  just around the corner!

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

This thing was used in space era to command Soviet stations reaching Mars and Venus. Also the ones going to the Moon and Jupiter.

“To get to this open gates we had to walk long distance thru the deep snow. It looks like a nuclear war was here and we are the only survivors”, remembers the photographer.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“Photos can’t tell its real size! It looks much smaller!”

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“They say that the lights here are always on to turn of the strangers that might come of the forest”.

However the fresh tracks clearly give a clue some activity is still going on in this place. However the urban explorers are not scared. They head right inside the inter planetary communication centre.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“This building has six floors. And we started with the first”.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“The military men has left a lot behind them. Just dumped it all here”.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“I couldn’t figure it out but all this analogue buttons and levers were used to control the objects in space!”

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

“Hard to imagine how the press of those buttons caused a distant ship in space to turn left or right”.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

This is an antennas rotational drive.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

One floor up. This machine is huge.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

Things here got frozen and with ice.

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

Big thanks to Ulter1or for his photos and effort! We will wait for some more!

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11 thoughts on “An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre”

  1. “Hard to imagine how the press of those buttons caused a distant ship in space to turn left or right”.
    — this is a control board for the dish itself. Not for a “distant ship”.
    It looks complicated because this dish has to be pointed to a certain target up in the space with a constant correction to the Earth and other objects (flying ship) movement. And there were no computers around.

  2. 1. This is a repost (at least 3x here at ER).
    2. The facility is called Fryazino-3, it is located here https://goo.gl/maps/AHUIM, and belongs to the constellation of NIP-14 (Shscholkovo-7) nearby.
    3. You definitely don’t need go “Tens of kilometers thru the snow, on foot” as it is some 500m away from the nearest “dachnyi poselok” and you can get there on the very common passenger vehicle, even during winter.
    4. Anyhow, the place and its equipment are fascinating …

  3. Bowner, I think you are right. I could read a couple of labels on the control board: azimuth and elevation. That is for pointing the directional antenna, as you said. I wonder if the antenna was designed to follow moving objects or just be pointed at stationary objects. I would have liked to see closer pics of the system block diagrams hanging on the walls. A hydraulic system schematic diagram would be very interesting to see also! The engineering that went into something like this is amazing-old technology, but still interesting. The oscilloscopes (oscillograph) don’t look like that anymore. This is like using a time machine and stepping into the past! Thank you for your effort in traveling to the site. Your adventure was worthwhile.

  4. That scope is a clone of an early Tektronix design. I don’t have the link handy, (It’s on a different computer) but someone posted the history of the company that built it, on a different website. The entire site looks to be early ’60s, by Western standards.

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