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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-29-2010 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This photo gallery from MK.ru shows what looks to be the shell of a Russian Buran orbiter discarded as trash:
Seemingly abandoned spaceship on the streets of Moscow - it is something from the realm of fantasy. But alas, this is the true reality. Correspondent "MK" discovered orbiting Soviet "Buran" placed like garbage on the outskirts of the capital. Nobody cares what was once a symbol of cosmic power of our country.

Anyone have an idea as to which Buran model this is?

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-29-2010 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The owner of this site probably knows...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-29-2010 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Comparing photos and reports on that site to the one from the MK.ru gallery, it would appear to be Buran OK-2.01:
The completion of model 2.01 at the stop of the project was estimated to 30-50%. As you can see on the photographs it seems that it has been dismantled, after few years in the Tushino factory, near Moscow, it was moved in October 2004 on a car-park.
In particular, the photos posted here seem to be a match.

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posted 09-29-2010 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a shame.

Fezman92
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posted 09-29-2010 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's really sad. What's going to happen to it?

MrSpace86
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posted 09-29-2010 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That Buran-Energia site is the best website out there for all things Buran. You can spend hours reading all the information on such a tragic program.

As for this particular Buran, it seems the Soviets don't mind people going up to the Shuttle and just photographing components and even taking samples. It would be interesting if one of the USA museums that don't get a US Space Shuttle, try to get this or any other Russian Space Shuttle, restore it, and have it on display.

It's free to dream, isn't it?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-29-2010 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MrSpace86:
As for this particular Buran, it seems the Soviets don't mind people going up to the Shuttle and just photographing components and even taking samples.
As the Moscow News clarifies, the Buran is not open to the public but can be accessed by averting security.
It's not that easy to reach the abandoned spaceship, but it is possible, writes Moskovsky Komsomolets. Buran's resting place is also a storage spot for construction materials and is protected by a security guard and barbed wire fences.

But a side entry through a neighbouring plot can beat the security and grant an up-close look at the remains of the space-age dream.

MrSpace86
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posted 07-10-2011 12:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought this article would interest some of you. Buran 2.01 (the third Buran "built") will be restored!

The article has some really interesting photos that I have never seen before. I think it is quite informative.

Enjoy and post more info or pics if you find it!

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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posted 07-10-2011 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is great news and certainly looks like $120,000 well spent!

These Russian orbiters need to be saved and put on display just like their NASA counterparts. Nothing like them will ever be built again.

Unfortunately the original flown Buran shuttle is now landfill after being destroyed in a tragic roof collapse in 2002, whilst the second orbiter (97% complete) is the property of Kazakhstan and is locked away in a hangar in Baikonur.

If this one is restored it might be the only "real" Soviet shuttle anyone will get to see up-close.

MrSpace86
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posted 07-10-2011 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did run into a few photos taken in 2008 where the building that housed Buran 1.01 (the flown one) has been pretty untouched since the roof collapse. Buran is still sitting there, mangled, torn, destroyed, abandoned. Kind of grotesque if you ask me.

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posted 08-30-2011 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a Buran on display in Germany.

The BURAN prototype OK-GLI shown in the Technik MUSEUM SPEYER was built in 1984 and was used for testing gliding-flight and landing after reentry into the atmosphere (from their website).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-30-2011 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More about the Buran-Analogue 002 (OK-GLI) at the Speyer Technical Museum can be read here.

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Are there any records of which pilots/ cosmonauts flew the prototype in approach and landing tests?

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posted 09-01-2011 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The descriptive tables at the Speyer museum do exactly have this information and some video footage from the ALT tests too, but I have not taken any notes during my visit there last May.

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posted 10-08-2011 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for turk242   Click Here to Email turk242     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was in college, I studied in Moscow and right outside my dorm window was the Buran in Gorky Park. Not sure which version but it was around 1994. At the time it was a gimmicky venture and was turned it into a restaurant. I never went but looked at it everyday and was even then a little sad at how much vandalism and graffiti adorned this once amazing machine.

A couple of years later my family became friends with Leonid Kadenyuk (STS-87). My parents worked at KSC for over 20 years and if it had to do with the Russians - they were often involved (we are Russian). I remember Kadenyuk giving me a cool color print of Buran landing with Mig chase planes escorting. I could swear he told me he was piloting the chase.

Dad said he remembered the discussion at the time was one Buran was an engineering flight - unmanned/ remotely flown and that's the flight I think Kadenyuk was chasing. The other however, he said it was really hard to get any info on, but the Cosmonauts alluded to it ending very badly - a crash with no survivors. If this is old info apologies.

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