Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Every USSR citizen was proud of the country’s space exploration program. One of the top Soviet spaceships, called “Buran”, could deliver weapons of mass destruction to the orbit. Discover the destiny of such spacecrafts in today’s Russia.

Made as a reaction to American space program, Soviet shuttle could carry more cargo and had a system of emergency crew rescue. Soviet authorities spent on “Buran”  17,8 billion dollars in 1982.

Comparison with the USA space shuttle.

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Spacecrafts were built in a dormitory area of Moscow. To carry giant spaceships the road was widened from 4 to 8 traffic lanes. It was the only way to transport such a huge machine.

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Overall there were 14 “Burans” constructed including prototypes. The spacecraft is 36,4 m long, has spread of 24 m, it weighs 105 tons and can carry up to 30 tons of cargo.

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Airplanes delivered spaceships to the cosmodrome. Actually there were only 2 fully functioning “Burans”. The first has experienced only one space trip and then was put into a hangar for 17 years. It “died” there of the roof that had fallen on it.

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

There were also 4 models of “Buran” spaceship. One of them still rests in Baikonur cosmodrome. In the 1990s it was used by local youth for drinking sessions, so some windows are broken and its general condition is very poor.

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

“Baikonur”

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

The decision was made to transport this “Buran” to the area next to the cosmodrome museum. That is how the process looked like.

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Work done!

Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship

Location: Baikonur

via heavytransport

37 thoughts on “Destiny Of A Soviet Spaceship”

    • OMG this guy was “First”! This is so cool and so original. Defiantly the first time ever seeing this and it is not as old as the internet itself. It also did not stop being funny 12 years ago so please keep posting things like this.

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  1. I am suprised to see it actually went into space. I thought it never did. I can see the American space program saw this and copied it almost exactly.

      • I came here knowing I’d find the hilarious old lie that the U.S. copied the Soviet design, not the other way around. (The Soviet program began in 1974. NASA began designing the Space Shuttle in 1969.) As with the jet engine and nuclear fission, the USSR only advanced by stealing designs from others. Hopefully that has changed in the modern Russia and the people are unleashed to create gain.

        As for escape modules, the later shuttles had them after Challenger, but they didn’t do anyone any good in the Colombia. You simply cannot escape when you’re in space.

      • You’re basically living in another dimension.

        The Soviets did pretty much nothing but copy American automobiles, planes, and space craft. The Buran copied the American space shuttle.

        The Buran was a failure anyway, it never brought humans into space.

    • I came here knowing I’d find the hilarious old lie that the U.S. copied the Soviet design, not the other way around. (The Soviet program began in 1974. NASA began designing the Space Shuttle in 1969.) As with the jet engine and nuclear fission, the USSR only advanced by stealing designs from others. Hopefully that has changed in the modern Russia and the people are unleashed to create gain.

      As for escape modules, the later shuttles had them after Challenger, but they didn’t do anyone any good in the Colombia. You simply cannot escape when you’re in space.

    • Sovjet Russia was very advanced in spying and stealing technology. It was very easy, as western inventions were even published in public magazines. In the other direction, it was very difficult to break into the sovjet industry, even more as agencies like the CIA didn’t knew very much about the inner workings of the Sovjet Union.

      Anyway, both space programs were based on german scientist.

  2. A Russian oligarch should use some of his money to properly preserve a Buran and place it in a decent museum. It shouldn’t rot outside like all the other abandoned things we see here.

  3. Good to see a lot of care was taken when transporting to the museum.
    There’s a restored one in the Speyer Technik museum in Germany.

  4. A. Bunka here. One short flight and kaputsky. Could have been a great thing. 17 built at a cost of billions for one orbit.

  5. The American Shuttle programme is also ending its life with the last scheduled mission with Discovery about to blast off. Probably it already did by the time this is read.
    Therefore the American Space Shuttles are also to become relics of the Space Age.

  6. Sod USSR and America when you are talking bout jet engines. Both the UK and Germany were the original pioneers, and the Americans only advanced because they stole the work and workers out of Germany. UK would have advanced but it was broke paying back US all the money it borrowed to fight the Germans – Cheers America.

    • I appreciate your sense of humor, and I’m sure you know that we (USA) learned how to acquire other people’s ideas, property, and territory by studying the best – the British Empire. 🙂

  7. This is so sad… And read some history, guys…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-105#Differences_between_Dyna-Soar_and_Spiral

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