10 Russian BURAN Space Shuttle Scale Model

Russian BURAN Space Shuttle Scale Model

Posted on August 25, 2015 by tim


A Russian man has made a scale model of the one and only Soviet space shuttle Buran. The model is very detailed and we could not find it online so we decided to publish it here.

The Buran shuttle has four rocket engines.

There were only a few examples of this shuttle produced – this particular model is the BTS-002 – the second Buran ever made. In total, it made twenty four flights with eight hours of flight time. It is now stationed in a German museum.

This space ship was thirty-six meters long, sixteen meters high and had a twenty four meter wingspan. The cockpit was seventy three cubic meters. It had a maximum velocity of 600 km/h and its landing speed was around 300 km/h.

But the best thing about this shuttle was that it was fully automated. It didn’t need a pilot to fly, land or go to space, and this was all done way before our modern military drones. Though at first, in the early stages there were pilots controlling the aircraft.

In the year 2000 it was demonstrated at the Sydney Olympics 2000, and stayed in Australia until 2002 because of financial difficulties.

Even a radio station in Los Angeles tried to collect some funds from the audience to deliver the ship to USA but it was not successful and so it is in Germany now.

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10 Responses to “Russian BURAN Space Shuttle Scale Model”

  1. Alain says:

    Very nice model ! Shame the real ones are either derelict, destroyed or sold abroad, mainly because of corruption in the country. It would have been so useful now (except if it had suffered the same problems as the American shuttle, which we will never know)…

    • Darius says:

      As far as I know Russians concluded mutch mutch ealrier than US that this type of travel to space is way to expensive.
      That is why the new projects use much smaller and often unmanned vehicles.

  2. john says:

    Nice work.

  3. Mikaelo says:

    How could you not find the model online? It is available by Amodel in plastic under 1/72 scale

  4. u says:

    one is now here to show this in good condition

    http://speyer.technik-museum.de/de/spaceshuttle-buran

    nearly a Concorde, Ju 52, Tu 144, the Racer Blue Flame…

  5. Pom2Ter says:

    I saw the one they moved to Germany and it is an awesome sight! It is so sad that they never used it for flight. I would have really liked to know more details of it’s flights.

  6. Pom2Ter says:

    I meant that they never used Buran for normal space flights with cosmonauts. I know they used it for test flights and atmospheric flights

  7. clip87 says:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_(spacecraft)

  8. Shawn Eddy says:

    They were JET not Rocket engines. Saturn AL-31’s (Turbo Jets)

  9. Shawn Eddy says:

    They were Jet engines not Rocket, Saturn AL-31’s to be precise.

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