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BTS002 Russian airplane replica of Russian shuttle

Posted on February 21, 2017 by tim


This what looks as a Russian space shuttle Buran is actually not. This is BTS-002 – a full size replica of Buran space shuttle which is just an airplane. It could fly manned and unmanned missions (as Soviet Buran shuttle who went to space and landed on its own without a crew involved). Let’s see some more pics of this one:

In total 24 flights were made.

Totally it spent eight hours in the air.

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4 Responses to “BTS002 Russian airplane replica of Russian shuttle”

  1. tom bauer says:

    i suppose this was to learn how to land without crew? where is it now?

  2. john dudley says:

    Awesome to see and i did not know there was a replica that flew as a plane.

  3. Douglas says:

    Buran plane…..what was the purpose of it?

    • decece says:

      The US shuttle prototype (Enterprise) also did aerodynamical testing, but it was dropped off a 747.

      The soviets didn’t have a plane big enough for that purpose, so they fit 4 AL-31 engines (like the SU27 ones) and did all the testing taking off the ground.

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