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.