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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-13-2002 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Associated Press:

"Rescuers pulled six bodies from a mass of mangled beams at Russia's main space launch site and searched for two other workers feared dead Monday after the towering hangar roof they were standing on collapsed."

"...the building was used for assembling Energia booster rockets and the Buran, the Soviet copy of the U.S. space shuttle that only flew once in the late 1980s before the program was abandoned for lack of funds. A full-scale test model of the Buran was trapped beneath debris after Sunday's collapse, Russian space agency spokesman Konstantin."

The full article can be read here: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/baikonur_roof_020513.html

I happened to be in that building (Building 112) just two weeks ago, as part of my trip to see Mark Shuttleworth launch to the International Space Station. I haven't seen many photographs posted to the net, so I thought I would share a few (pre-collapse):

Cliff Lentz
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posted 05-13-2002 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe this is a wakeup call for the VAB. I understand the roof is in desperate need of repair. They seem to be avoiding spending the money, but what if an assembled shuttle with those volatile solid boosters was sitting in the VAB and something like this happened!

Robert, right on top of everything as usual!

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posted 05-13-2002 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are those photos from your trip or some older ones?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-13-2002 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These pictures are from my most recent trip with Space Adventures. They were taken hours before the launch of Soyuz TM-34, on April 25, 2002.

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posted 05-13-2002 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Why do they still have a stacked Buran/Energia sitting around? Nowhere to put it?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-13-2002 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was the Buran which made their one and only successful flight. It was mothballed inside this hanger until funds could bring the program back to life.

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Thanks for sharing the photos Robert! Yeah it looks as if the Buran is kaput. Well at least you can say that you were there, and saw it before the tragedy. It's always a shame when loss of life is involved in a situation. With any luck this will be a wake- up call to people, and safety will be high on the list again..... whether it be in structure assessment, or otherwise.

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posted 05-13-2002 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

Your pictures are absolutely striking. That hanger looks remarkable. Unbelievable that it could collapse. It looks so stout.

Certainly a tragedy on many levels. I pray for the victims and their families.

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Robert,

Based upon your visit to the site, do you think this might delay the ISS launches? Were the Proton boosters assembled in or near this building?

Those pictures are excellent.

Larry McGlynn

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posted 05-13-2002 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This collapse, other than employee morale, should have no effect on ISS operations. As far as I am aware, the only use of Building 112 was for Energia/Buran operations.

Soyuz operations are housed elsewhere (Building 254, if memory serves correctly). Protons are also housed at a differently facility, though I do not remember where.

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quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I happened to be in that building (Building 112) just two weeks ago, as part of my trip to see Mark Shuttleworth launch to the International Space Station. I haven't seen many photographs posted to the net, so I thought I would share a few (pre-collapse):


Pictures??
What Pictures??

My Internet connection won't allow me to see them....
I'll try again when the Internet is not so busy......


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Nevermind!

I got them to come through some how.....

Yes they are good!
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posted 05-13-2002 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ed beck   Click Here to Email Ed beck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for sharing this Robert. It is indeed tragic when there is a loss of life in something like this.
As I understand it, isn't this the same hanger that the N-1 moon rocket was assembled? Have you seen any of its components? Last I heard none were on display. I must say that it has been a while since I looked into it.

What is this I hear about the VAB needing a roof job? Maybe there is something we the people can do, call or write your congrssman perhaps?

Just a thought?

Ed

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