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Friday, November 20, 2009

A Step Back in Time: The Pilots of Buran


Part 2 and Part 3 of the The Pilots of Buran - the Soviet Space Shuttle of yesteryear. Within the next few years we will have dozens of American space shuttle pilots sitting around in reflection and recollection of piloting the shuttle to-and-from Earth orbit; so, perhaps this is just a look-see into the future.

4 comments:

Quantum_Flux said...

Why did they stop using the Buran?

JackKennedy said...

The Berlin Wall had come down just a year after its first flight in 1988, and the Soviet Defense Ministry was suddenly more preoccupied with resettling thousands of troops returning from Eastern Europe than with building a new launch system. The collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 sealed the fate of the Energia-Buran system. The Russian economy of 1992 could not sustain it.

The rocket technology developed for Energia-Buran has been put to use in other launchers. A mighty RD-170 engine, originally developed for the first stage of Energia, today powers the Ukrainian Zenit rocket.

Anonymous said...

Moreover they built it as a counter part of the STS, without being persuaded that it was THE solution to go into space. They had at that time (and still now) a wide range of launcher that are able to send cargo and cosmonaut so Buran was redundant.
More information about Buran on this website.

Drew Stewart said...

The Buran only flew once and was pilotless. If I understood Russian, maybe I would understand how pilots can reminisce about flying a ship they never flew...