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Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Ostankino TV Tower: 45 Years of Operation


45 years ago, on 5 November 1967, Phase One of the all-Union telecentre project was complete with the commissioning of the Ostankino TV Tower. This radio/TV broadcast tower is at 12 Ulitsa Akademika Koroleva in the Ostankinsky Raion of the Northeastern Administrative Okrug of the Federal City of Moscow (Central Federal District). The government decided to build the tower in 1957, and the builders worked on it from 1963 to 1967. At that time, it was the tallest structure in the world. The design of the tower is a hollow concrete pipe, stayed by compressed steel cables. The tower has two parts… a heavy base and a lighter mast. Its most progressive idea was to use a shallow foundation of only about 4.6 metres (15 feet). The total height of the tower is 540 metres (1,772 feet).

Until 1967, television broadcasts in Moscow beamed from the Shukhov Tower on Ultisa Shabolovka. Work on the tower began in 1960. However, soon, it went into suspension because of doubts about the solidity of the foundation’s construction. The final project draft came out in 1963. Its authors were chief designer Nikolai Nikitin and architects Leonid Batalov and Dmitri Burdin. Upon completion, the tower started broadcasting four television and three radio channels on the air.

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