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Forum:Soviet - Russian Space
Topic:Energia booster core flown on Bison bomber
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And footage of the Buran being ferried:

cspgThis is so cool (and a bit weird looking)! I guess transport by rail/road would have proven impossible. And I love the way they design their planes and rockets.

(Pity there aren't models about those [although Herpa has a Bear bomber planned, "unfortunately" in Ukrainian livery.])

PeterOAModel produced 1/72 scale kits of the VM-T Atlant with both the Energia booster core and Buran.
cspgI should have specified diecast models. Don't talk to me about glue and paint! Those days are gone. For good.
garymilgromShouldn't that ET shaped tank be facing pointy end forward? Or did we have it wrong...
Mike Dixon
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Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Shouldn't that ET shaped tank be facing pointy end forward? Or did we have it wrong...
Exactly was I was thinking.

Robert PearlmanWell, it isn't launching off the Bison, only being ferried piggyback atop it.
Cozmosis22Sorry, wouldn't want to be anywhere near that balancing act. The mere thought of crosswinds or atmospheric turbulence is frightening. They had a lot of nerve. Wonder how far and how often they flew that contraption... er configuration?
GACspaceguy
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Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Shouldn't that ET shaped tank be facing pointy end forward? Or did we have it wrong...
It may be that way to reduce "boat tail" drag. Also, to keep the air less turbulent around the empennage.
cspgMore shots with partially completed "ET" on top the Bison aircraft can be found here.
davidcwagnerNotice the hot air balloon in the "Film footage of the Energia core on the Bison" at about the 15 second mark.
mercsimIt doesn't look that bad. Not much worse than the Guppy. Our shuttle was attached to the ET in a similar manner and it had to fly a lot faster than the ferry flight shown and experience orders of magnitude more loads.

From an Aero standpoint, the direction (backwards) is the best for the speeds in which they ferried it. Think of the shape of a raindrop falling.

cspgThere was plans for a M-52 aircraft carrying the tank underbelly! (p335 in "Unflown wings: Soviet/Russian unrealised aircraft projects 1925-2010", Midland Publishing, 2013).

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