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Buran-Energia. The Russian Space Shuttle system

  1. Oct 9, 2009 #1

    MTd2

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    okay.....??
     
  4. Oct 10, 2009 #3

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    That was back in the 80's and 90's. There really wasn't much competition.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_program

    I seem to remember that aerospace folks in the US were impressed, but we also knew that the Soviet Union was in dire economic straits and slowly breaking up, which it did in 1991. Russia could not alone sustain the program.
     
  5. Oct 10, 2009 #4

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    Yes, I know. But I meant any competition, instead of no competition. I wasn't even aware that Buran had a test. I never saw them. But the video is so cool and this is why I posted them.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2009 #5

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    The Russians had built their version of the Concorde, too. No idea how it fared in tests.
     
  7. Oct 11, 2009 #6

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    The Russians also built the TU-4 long-range heavy bombers after three B-29s fell into their hands during WWII. The copies did not have the quality or reliability of the Boeings, but they were good enough to force the US to upgrade it's early-warning systems.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2009 #7

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    That's the TU-144.

    Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-144

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x48srk_tu-144-russian-supersonic-jet-crash_extreme [Broken]

    One can search images on Google with "tu-144" or "tu-144 crash" for more information.
     
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  9. Oct 11, 2009 #8
    The Russians were in the space race from the start - why was competition in the 1980's "odd" or surprising?
     
  10. Oct 11, 2009 #9

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    Not surprising or odd. The Russians had a head-start on the US, as anybody older than me should know. Of course, very few people on this forum are older than me, so most will have to Google on Sputnik, Laika, etc.
     
  11. Oct 11, 2009 #10

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    And there are quite a number of people that believe that the Russians copied the Concorde by getting a hold of technical details of the Concorde. NASA did end up purchasing one and actually flying it for some tests. I don't know what happened to their copy.
     
  12. Oct 12, 2009 #11

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    More on the TU-144LL.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A2818640

    *LL stands for Летающая Лаборатория (Letayushchaya Laboratoriya) - Flying Laboratory.


    Apparently - the Tu-144LL is currently offered for sale by the American company Tejavia. I think that is potentially risky.
     
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