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Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:56 pm
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Post Buran Arrived In Germany   Posted on: Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:56 pm
One of the Buran orbiters arrived in Germany and is currently on its way from Rotterdam to its final destination in Speyer. They showed some nice pictures of the orbiter on the Rhine.

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Post Re: Buran Arrived In Germany   Posted on: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:34 pm
Klaus Schmidt wrote:
One of the Buran orbiters arrived in Germany and is currently on its way from Rotterdam to its final destination in Speyer. They showed some nice pictures of the orbiter on the Rhine.

Was this a test vehicle? I believe the the one that was launched into orbit in 1989 was destroyed in May 2002. I was in Kazakhstan in April 2002 and I was fortunate to be able to view the Buran up close. It was destroyed two weeks later when the roof collapsed.

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Post    Posted on: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:22 pm
According to the museum it's the Buran-002 spacecraft:

:arrow: http://www.museumspeyer.de/000047DE6D46 ... _0001.html

From the Russian Buran website:

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Buran 2.01 was the third space orbiter under construction when the Buran-Energia program was halted in 1993.

Buran 2.01 is the first of the 'second' series of Burans, these Buran utilised minor tweaks and improvements gained from the flight of Buran 1.01 and construction of Buran 1.02. The notable differences between the second series shuttles and 1.01/1.02 is primarily with regards to improvements made to the cockpit.


A bit strange is that the Russian site mentions TWO Burans in Germany, the second one being the:

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No doubt, one of the most recognisable Burans is OK-GLI (BST-02) - the analogue aero test model.

OK-GLI was the Russian equivalent to the American Enterprise shuttle flight tester. Unlike the Enterprise, however, which was launched from a converted 747, OK-GLI was outfitted with turbojet engines, so it could take off and land just like any other plane.

OK-GLI was used primarily for horizontal flight tests. This Buran BST-02 'analogue' had the same aerodynamic, centre of gravity, and inertial characteristics as the final space flight orbiter.

It differed in being equipped with four AL-31 turbojet engines, mounted at 4 degrees off the horizontal axis. These allowed the analogue to fly from conventional air fields and conduct the repetitive tests necessary to develop the automated landing system.

The analogue was equipped with the same essential systems as the orbiter, including the RM-1 and RM-2 ejection seats, the GSP and VIU navigation systems; the landing gear, landing system antennae, thermal sensors, and first and second group accelerometers. Prior to completion the OK-GLI was used on the 3M-T transport to test fight characteristics of the 3M-T/orbiter combination, the OK-launch vehicle interface attach points, and to develop the optimal transport configuration.

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Post    Posted on: Mon May 19, 2008 10:36 pm
New model kits.
http://www.anigrand.com/catalog_space-1.htm

The OK-92 is shown with jets on pylons that rise from the wing in some artwork (cool), and also on pylons directly attached to the fuselage--more likely. Artwork from buran.ru--also seen in the link below...

There will also be a 1/72 buran by Amodel...
http://www.squadron.com/ItemDetails.asp ... BAX7201502
http://www.squadron.com/ItemDetails.asp?item=IBAX72015

Also--anyone bulding the giant 305-1 lifting body Buran as described here?

http://www.buran.ru/htm/mtkkmain.htm

Something else I was wondering.

According to Mark Wade http://www.astronautix.com/craft/mtkva.htm
The MTKVA had this payload rating: Payload: 80,000 kg (176,000 lb).

Now according to the new Energiya Buran Book by Hendrixx and Vis, the MTKVA--also depicted in the two websites above--was mounted atop a hydrogen core RLA that was a little less potent than Energiya but with six strap-ons IIRC. Its payload was 25-32 tons If I remember correctly. The craft however, weighed about 80 tons

What was the difference? Could a true Vulkan launched version of the simpler, conical MTKVA as depicted by Wade be capable of 80 tons payload?

According to Wade, the RLA was to be all kerosene. But the book by Vis and Hendrix show the buran.ru artwork showing a different RLA lineup with a hydrogen core--as later was the case with Energiya proper as forced on Glushko.

Perhaps something was lost in translation...

http://www.starshipmodeler.net/talk/vie ... &start=300


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