URDF-3 (Unidentified Research and Development Facility-3)
This was the CIA designation for the 'most wanted' Russian research station..
It was the place where the Tesla energy weapons was supposed to have been worked on....
U.S. satellite reconnaissance photo of suspected Soviet beam weapon installation near Semipalatinsk.
Published July 28, 1980. (Courtesy Aviation Week & Space Technology)
Well at the time we didn't have Google Earth
So they used the RV team...
Well following is a set of three sketches of what RVer saw at the site, most particularly the HUGH Gantry crane... the actual drawing released via
Well thanks to the sleuthing of admiraltogo, Fort Smith, AR via Google Earth we can now bring to you....
Baikal-1, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
The area in the photo has since been dismantled as the Russians have pulled out of Kazakhstan but the area was also the place where the Russians
tested their version of the ATOMIC ROCKET...
Engine Model: RD-0410. Manufacturer Name: RD-0410. Government Designation: 11B91. Designer: Kosberg. Developed in: 1965-94. Application: Experimental
nuclear engine. Propellants: Nuclear/LH2. Thrust(vac): 35.300 kN (7,936 lbf). Isp: 910 sec. Burn time: 3,600 sec. Mass Engine: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).
Diameter: 1.60 m (5.20 ft). Length: 3.50 m (11.40 ft). Chambers: 1. Thrust to Weight Ratio: 1.80. Country: Russia. Status: Developed 1965-94.
Russian Bases are named for the closest tow and a number (of kilometers from twon)
Baikal -1 is URDF-3 - you can see where the antenna array was in the cleared section ...
But more important to this thread is the RV success...
Look at the sketch, and compare 'A' to the image below... a perfect hit!
The HUGE gantry Crane is STILL THERE today as of the latest Google Earth image 2009
Pegasus URDF-3 - Baikal-1 Page
[edit on 29-9-2009 by zorgon]