There are three radio telescopes designated RT-70, all in countries that were once part of the former Soviet Union, all with similar specifications: 70m dishes and an operating range of 5–300 GHz. The Yevpatoria telescope has also been used as a radar telescope in observations of space debris and asteroids.

70-m aerial P-2500 (RT-70 radio telescope) in Yevpatoria.

With their 70m antenna diameter, they are among the largest radio telescopes in the world.

They are:

In 2008, RT-70 was used to beam 501 messages at the exoplanet Gliese 581c, in hopes of making contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. The messages should arrive in 2029.[1]

See alsoEdit

  • RT-64, a smaller aperture Russian design.


  1. ^ Moore, Matthew (9 October 2008). "Messages from Earth sent to distant planet by Bebo". .telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.

External linksEdit

  • Yevpatoria RT-70 radio telescope (in Russian)
  • Suffa RT-70 radio telescope (in Russian)
  • Suffa Radio Observatory in Uzbekistan: progress and radio-seeing research plans
  • Russian Space Agency Backs US Asteroid Control Plan (mentions Galenki telescope)
  • Don P. Mitchel. Soviet Telemetry Systems. Deep-Space Communication Centers