Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center

Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center

These dominating space locators are off of the Minskoye Shosse and rather close to the Righteous Lazarus Church in the closed town of Krasnoznamensk (Краснозна́менск), Moscow Oblast, Russia.

Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center

The town houses the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center. Some of it was built as early as 1957 as part of the Soviet Space Program. This was formerly known as Galitsino-2 (Golitsyno-2 ) Control Center. It was a top secret base for ground, sea and airborne facilities in Russia. The sprawling complex extends vastly through the westward area. Some places obviously decaying from the Google satellite imagery. Others look newer, maybe due to the location being not-so-secret anymore; it possibly was moved. It is stated that Krasnoznamensk houses the reserve mission control center. Maybe that is what all the empty and dilapidated buildings are for.

Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center

In the 1990’s, this location was very involved in the MIR space station. The first modular space station that was built in space from 1986 – 1996. It operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 – 2001.

Being part of a ‘closed town or city’ means that there are travel and residency restrictions. Special or specific authorization would be required to visit or even stay the night. These areas may have secret military or research installations that require much more than could be offered by the stance of a conventional military base.

Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center
Right next to the tracking satellites are empty buildings of a large complex.

Russia has the largest number of closed cities out of any country in the world. After 1993, these areas became known as ZATO or closed administrative-territorial formations. These cities often have check points in and out. Some even have perimeters of barbed wire and watch towers.

Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center
Some buildings are more dilapidated than others.

Where are some of the forgotten remnants of the sprawling Golitsyno-2 command center located? You can find the empty military area and satellite searchers with these coordinates. 55.593776, 37.056758.

Satellite Locators of an Abandoned Space Control Center
The satellite locators!

Images 1, 2, and 3 by Sergei F/Flickr, a lovely and intense black and white photoset! Licensed under CC. Images 4, 5 and 6 from Google Earth.

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