A building of an unusual shape is hidden among the forest and bushes on the outskirts of a closed military town near Moscow. It has two antennas with impressive mirrors of 12 meters each.
The Svyaznik space communications complex was located here until the early 2000s. In the early 2000s, the reduction of the orbital constellation of communication satellites of the Russian Molniya series significantly affected the possibility of the Mission Control Center’s ability to quickly receive telemetric and television information. It was one of the reasons for the decommissioning of the morally and technically obsolete communication system and its replacement with a new one with a broadband information channels.
The building did not stand empty for a long time. The entire area of two floors was inhabited by quartered military families. In the end of 2018 the last family moved out from the former space communications center.
The antennas and technical rooms under them have remained in good condition. Despite relatively free access, those rooms still contain equipment and transformers.
As an example, I will cite the scheme of information exchange between the onboard and ground flight control systems under the Energia-Buran program, organized in the space communications system with the designation of the place of the Svyaznik space communications complex in it.
In the USSR a big production line at the Krasnoyarsk TV plant was organized for the manufacture of control panels for spacecraft. Satellite communication complexes were equiped with those control panels.
Serial production of Geyser-2M transmitters for equipping the Svyaznik satellite communication systems was also organized at the Krasnoyarsk TV plant.
The building was equipped with two antenna systems of the NA-57KR type with a mirror diameter of 12 meters each. Equipment, boards and microcircuits scattered on the floor. The whitewash is falling down, a rotten ceiling hangs overhead, which is about to collapse.