Jupiter Factory Pripyat

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The Jupiter factory was situated on Zavodska Street 11 in the outskirts of Pripyat. The factory used to make cassette recorders and household appliances. Also the factory secretly produced semiconductor components for the military, and had test workshops for robotic systems.

As many high-educated people lived in Pripyat, the Soviet Union decided to build a factory to employ part of those people. This factory became the second employer in the area after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The factory opened in 1980 and employed around 3500 people. Officially, Jupiter became a branch of the Kiev factory, Lighthouse, part of the state-owned company Mayak.

It was employing many women since they are believed to have a better developed fine motor skills, so they would do better work on small parts for tape recorders and other similar equipment. On the walls I found many posters reminding people that safe and hard work are a good thing.

Military use

Some sources claim that not a single tape recorder has ever left this place and Jupiter was nothing but a cover-up. The plant secretly produced semiconductors and electronics for the military industry. New materials were tested in laboratories and workshops. A robotics department developed various robotic systems. In addition, the factory was believed to produce parts for intercontinental nuclear missiles with the help of plutonium that was produced as a by-product at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. But a nuclear fuel processing facility so close to the Power Plant, Pripyat, Kiev and last but not least, Western Europe, doesn’t really seem plausible at all. Mayak formerly known as Chelyabinsk-40, did have those facilities. But far from any large settlements, cut off from major roads, heavily guarded, hidden behind miles of wild forests and kept secret for several decades.

After the Chernobyl disaster, in 1986, the factory was used by the Spetsatom enterprise or Спецатом. The factory became a radiological laboratory for testing of various decontamination techniques. Many details of the sarcophagus were designed here. The factory was also used for developing dosimetric instruments. The factory was completely abandoned in 2002.

  • Jupiter factory, with the hallway between the offices and production.
  • Art at the factory entrance.
  • Changing room.
  • Jupiter Pripyat.
  • Factory archives.
  • Entrance to the production plant.
  • Safety posters.
  • More safety posters.
  • Soviet artwork on safety posters.
  • Jupiter factory Pripyat.
  • Factory hall in decay.
  • Factory hall.
  • Safety posters.
  • Offices.
  • Jupiter office block.
  • Nature takes over.
  • Messages from the Trade Union Committee.
  • Fire extinguishers.
  • Factory plant.
  • Energy room.
  • Instructions.
  • Message board.
  • The cellar.
  • Message board.
  • Lost safe.
  • Electricity safety poster.
  • Factory door.
  • Machine in the factory yard.
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