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hightechscience
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posted 04-27-2013 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hightechscience     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This item is listed for sale on eBay and the price has been recently reduced: Authentic Russian Buran Space Shuttle Cockpit Window

This is an authentic, real piece which has been exhibited at several science museums. This historic artifact is an important and rare piece of Russian Space History. The outer frame is made from a titanium alloy.

The entire window assembly weighs approx. 70 lbs. This is an actual window from the cockpit of the Russian Buran space shuttle.

hightechscience
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posted 05-08-2013 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hightechscience     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This item is presently being auctioned on eBay (auction recently extended) and the price has been reduced: Authentic Russian Buran Space Shuttle Cockpit Window

The window is constructed of multi-layered tempered glass impregnated with a photo-reactive chemical layer which darkens in response to sunlight exposure. The outer frame is made from a titanium alloy and the entire window assembly weighs approx. 70 lbs.

albatron
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posted 05-08-2013 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you share info on the provenance? Im in PB County anyway I can view it? — Al

hightechscience
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posted 05-09-2013 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hightechscience     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased the window from a Russian space artifact dealer with strong ties to the Russian space agency. The window came from Russia after it was taken out of the shuttle. I've owned it approximately 12 years, give or take and the window has been exhibited at several well known science museums. If you are interested in seeing the window just let me know and we can arrange it.

hightechscience
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posted 05-14-2013 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hightechscience     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the updated eBay link for the window auction.

hightechscience
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posted 05-30-2013 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hightechscience     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This item is presently being auctioned on eBay (auction recently extended) and the price has been reduced: Authentic Russian Buran Space Shuttle Cockpit Window

The window is constructed of multi-layered tempered glass impregnated with a photo-reactive chemical layer which darkens in response to sunlight exposure. The outer frame is made from a titanium alloy and the entire window assembly weighs approx. 70 lbs.

Feel free to email me at htpvideo1@aol.com with any questions about the window. -Rick Newman

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-31-2013 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you using "Buran" in the generic sense here, as in the Russian space shuttle, or are you referring to "Buran," the specific flown-in-space orbiter (as opposed to other Russian orbiters that were built). Is there provenance to support its heritage?

hightechscience
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posted 06-04-2013 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hightechscience     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Feel free to view the history of the window on my site for additional information Authentic Russian Buran Space Shuttle Cockpit Window

Also, more details are posted in an earlier reply on this thread.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-04-2013 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I did look at your website before posting, which was part of the reason I asked the question I did. On your site, you present a photo of a forward section of a Russian orbiter with the caption:
This is what remains of a Buran Spacecraft. It now sits, missing many pieces, deteriorating in Moscow.
But what you have pictured is not the Buran that flew in space. The orbiter pictured, known by its vehicle number 2.02, was in partial construction when the shuttle program was halted. It would have been the fourth space-worthy Russian shuttle had it been completed.

The only Russian shuttle to fly in space, the original Buran, 1.01, was completely destroyed in 2002 when the building where it was being housed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan suffered a roof collapse, tragically resulting in the loss of eight lives.

I was in that same building two weeks before the collapse to see the Buran and though I can't say for certain, my recollection was that its windows were intact. So I curious if you were under the impression that your window came from the flown orbiter or was from another Russian orbiter.

If your window came from the Buran 2.02 as pictured on your website, then it is still certainly part of history, but is not as described on eBay from the vehicle that flew in space.

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