32 More About Soviet Space Program. VM-T Atlant

More About Soviet Space Program. VM-T Atlant

Posted on September 1, 2007 by


VM-T Atlant a possible alternative to AN-225 1

Antonov or AN-225 was not the only Soviet cargo jet used for the Soviet Space Program. VM-T Atlant (the picture above) also coped with a task of carrying ultra-heavy and oversize freight, such as rocket boosters or the space shuttle, and it might be a real alternative for AN-225. But this project was closed because of some disadvantages. Nevertheless the shots of Atlant in action with the hydrogenous cistern for the rocket booster look quite enchanting. Even more, some people joked that this plane was used for transportation of Pepsi Cola from the USA to Russia during the "perestroika" times.

See also:
Buran, The First Russian Shuttle
More About Buran
Antonov. The World’s Heaviest and Largest Jet
Where is Buran Now?


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32 Responses to “More About Soviet Space Program. VM-T Atlant”

  1. numb says:

    Huh.. I wonder how much those rocket parts affect the aerodynamics of the atlant-plane.

    • zafarad says:

      Same as Baluga…the drag counter measure is enhancing the engine power.when we almost double the normal required engine thrust for internal pay load,we successfully transfer out side pay load easily.

  2. mark c says:

    Amazing engineering.

    Who cares about the aerodynamic deficits, the extra payload etc etc? Just seeing that thing work, seeing it fly absolutely beggars belief.

    Superb.

    • zafarad says:

      Every thing is planned and calculated before the construction of this `one of its kind` plane.another example of Soviet miracles ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Joseff says:

      This plane is easier to fly than the Antonov… big disadvantage is that it requires an even longer runway and it’s sensitive for balancing issues. I’d rather fly this one than the Antonov though. Aerodynamics isn’t bad at all.

  3. Aleksander Sergiev says:

    Wow, that looks cool.

  4. John from Kansas says:

    The extraordinary Myasishchyev!

  5. Shizo says:

    What is that big thing? A fuel tank for a rocket?

  6. heyyoucanchangeyourname says:

    Wow, thats insane!

  7. Voice against History rape says:

    you are jackal in wolf`s skin.come out from your fake ID.

  8. Gordon says:

    The photo of this modified M-4 Bison carrying Buran gave me a flashback to the 1980s. I saw a photograph once of this combination aircraft/spacecraft ground-looped off the runway and bogged in deep mud! It had to have been a heck of a landing…

    v/r Gordon
    San Diego

  9. Pyotr Velikii says:

    What an extraordinary set of photos. what is even more extraordinary is the photo of the Shuttle on the plane. I’m amazed that the aerodynamics permitted such load-carrying cpacity. But, of course, 747’s carry the Shuttle also, don’t they?! How splendid it would have been if the USSR and the USA could have cooperated in the early years rather than spend such vast sums on competitive end-runs around each other. How much firther we may have advanceed in our exploration of space we may have been. Such foolishness, and for what!

    • Anotov Cacahuate says:

      I think the competition that was sparked by the Soviets early on resulted in more advances than we probably would have seen had we simply worked together from the start (like that would have happened…). Consider the flat-lining of much of the progress of space travel post-Space Race in the late 1970’s and the 1980’s. We worked together more and more, but at the same time, so little focus was given in making real advancements like the previous couple of decades, and large projects that made large gains in technology such as Apollo and the Soviet lunar program were completely abandoned.

      There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to motivate bright minds to really attain big feats like going to the moon :) If only the more down-to-earth aspects of the Cold War were done with the same “for respect” mindset between the two nations.

  10. Freak says:

    Simply amazing. Quite unreal engineering effort.

  11. brbrbr says:

    great plane.
    former Myasishev T201 Strategic bomber.
    their campabilites[as in Blackjack "brother" case] make me proud.

  12. John says:

    Nice pictures of this wonderful plane !
    History on this website.

  13. Abhi says:

    Cool russian plan..

  14. Boritz says:

    I think pilot’s testicles had to be as large as the plane’s payload, maybe larger.

  15. RjFlorida says:

    Russians are the only ones that HAVE a space program now that OBAMA CANCELED THE AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAM.

    Yes.

    He really did.

    If you can’t get stuff into space without asking for help then you don’t have a space program.

  16. Gladiator763 says:

    Hmm…I never knew Aeroflot flew those sorts of payload! You learn something new every day. Great pictures!

  17. LOL says:

    This beer :b.

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