Zheleznogorsk Russia



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Description: Russian designers and engineers are creating some of the world’s most advanced satellite systems from the closed Siberian city Zheleznogorsk.

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In a setting straight out of a Cold War novel, Russian designers and engineers are creating some of the world’s most advanced satellite systems.

On the southern fringe of the Siberian taiga, on the banks of the Yenisei River, lies the city of Zheleznogorsk. Founded in 1950 as a centre for plutonium production, it isn’t a place people move to. They can’t: even locals need permission to leave and return to the city.

Going through the fence that surrounds the city is like crossing a time warp into the Fifties Soviet Union. There are wide avenues flanked by five-storey apartment blocks; in the centre of town stands the Rodina [Motherland] cinema and the main entrance to Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev (ISS), the factory that, before the days of perestroika, developed the ground-breaking Kosmos and Molniya systems.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the city gained a new lease of life, thanks largely to the programme to develop the Glonass satellite navigation system, the Russian answer to the American GPS (Global Positioning System).




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