We’ve installed receivers in remote locations like Antarctica, Bear Island in the Barents Sea, and St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, but even we were a bit surprised when we received an application from Pripyat, Ukraine. Pripyat, now a ghost town, was the city built to support the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The new Flightradar24 ADS-B receiver approximately 1.5 km from the Chernobyl nuclear plant

We were even more surprised when we received photos of the receiver’s intended location. Located approximately 1.5 kilometers from the nuclear plant, the receiver is now hosted on the roof of a large warehouse. The receiver is being hosted by a contractor working on the New Safe Confinement project.

The New Safe Confinement structure erected above unit #4 at Chernobyl | Image by Tim Porter

This receiver is already helping increase coverage in the area and we’re looking forward to an increase in MLAT coverage in the area. We’re especially excited to have lower level MLAT coverage of the Antonov An-22, An-124, and An-225 based out of Gostomel Airport.

The location of the Pripyat receiver


The abandoned Ferris Wheel in Pripyat | Photo from the IAEA Imagebank

Pripyat was evacuated in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, with residents bringing few belongings. The town to this day remains mainly as it was in 1986.

A panorama of Pripyat with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the background | Image credit