9 Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Posted on April 12, 2017 by tim

Today Russia celebrates the official “Cosmonautics Day” – space topic is all over screens today and even president Putin went to see new Russian movie about a space exploration. However, there is a page of history of USSR and now Russia which is pretty much sad and shows that the progress of space exploration in Russia doesn’t advance now.
Baikonur is a huge space launching site. It was built and used by USSR but now is left in Kazakhstan. On it’s territory there is a huge hangar where two artefacts of Soviet space legacy remains. They stay here for over twenty years behind the close doors and are covered with thick layer of dust. Russian blogger Ralph went there and now we have the pictures here, let’s see:

Here is this huge hangar. Top of Soviet space progress. It’s over 130 meter tall. The huge structures on its sides are the gates. A full-rise rocket with a space shuttle mounted on it could slide thru this doors. They are very huge.

The walls are mega-thick. They built to withhold an explosion wave if a rocket explodes nearby during the launch so that no equipment inside would be damaged.

Those are huge cranes inside – they could lift 400 tons.

Inside there are two Soviet spaceships.


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9 Responses to “Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site”

  1. thefuzz says:

    Kinda shame it ended this way but still better than being burned into dust with astronauts in the atmosphere as it would probably do.. It looks like a space shuttle ordered from aliexpess tho.

  2. Douglas says:

    The USA Space Shuttle is now considered ”unsafe”. In this post we see a lot of unused and very costly Soviet junk. Both have ended up on the scrapheap of history.

  3. P51d007 says:

    What I don’t understand about all these abandoned places, with all of that steel, can’t it be melted, purposed for something, than to let it set and rust away?

    • m_ says:

      It still is cheaper to mine ore and melt it into proper alloy, than transport people and equipment to remote locations only to scrap abandoned equipment, transport everything back, examine what kind of steel it is and re-cast it for your needs.

      E.G. You need Ni-Cr steel because your company wants to make some stainless pots and kettles. But you got tungsten-vanadium-cobalt alloy from scrap. Using this expensive (and difficult to work with) tool steel for common kitchen equipment would be quite an overkill.

  4. kleb1 says:

    @Thefuzz The heat shield design on the Soviet Buran was actually designed better than the American Space Shuttle. there was one automated flight of Buran and it safely Orbited the earth and landed, I wish America and Russia could have worked together on a Shuttle as it would have produced an exceptional space craft.

  5. Stavros says:

    Indeed, I would be interested to see what sort of a reusable Space Craft could have been designed and built with co operation between experts in Soviet Design Bureaus and American Space Contractors. I would not rule out that sort of co operation today as long as political barriers are not put in place. The problem is the atrophy of technical skills required to produce space shuttle. Neither Russia nor America is building orbiters so the skills to design and make such crafts are lost. What I would say is that the surviving technicians and engineers are likely over their 20 year promise / contract not to disclose their trade secrets. Even if they are not they would be able to explore improved technologies that they wanted to develop but were not able to. Maybe Russia needs to go to the Moon not because it is easy but because it is difficult. And the Moon could be a staging point for a human mission to land on Mars. Maybe Russia could partner with Germany on such a project once Germany is unfettered by the recent exturnalities of its foreign Relations.

  6. Stavros says:

    Perhaps the Russian Government will take a leadership role in promoting space exploration and co operation in research and development with nations who follow a policy of constructive engagement with Russia.

  7. Stavros says:

    Such a bold initiative would require the Russian Government to create the money to support such a project and a political statement from a head of State – President Putin. It would shift the profile of Russia from reacting to threats by western powers bent on world hegemony to its pursuit of Space Exploration.

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