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TWO PARABOLIC ANTENNAS THAT WERE ONCE USED
TWO PARABOLIC ANTENNAS THAT WERE ONCE USED by the Soviet Union to spy on the West by intercepting unencrypted satellite transmissions are now available for other uses, including radio-astronomy. The 32-meter- and 16-meter-dia. dish antennas are located in the village of Irbene, 30 km. (19 mi.) north of the port of Ventspils, Latvia. A scientist working at the site says these antennas have the best capabilities in Northern Europe, based on performance measurements and the Russian technical specifications. The larger antenna has a pointing accuracy of 20 arc-sec.