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Buran Vehicle (USSR)

  1. Dec 11, 2006 #1

    Clausius2

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    I was nostalgic of the 80's and the cold war and I came up with this while surfing the web:

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

    The Buran's program. It's incredible how much bad luck did they have. Eventually an hangar collapsed down and killed 8 workers and one of the built vehicles. Too much similarity with shuttle though.
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2006 #2
    It's an american knock-off; only we did it right the first time.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2007 #3
    Actually, the Buran had numerous improvements on the OVa - despite having a somewhat different mission profile. Foremost is that it doesn't have main engines; the launch vehicle is an Energiya booster, not a fuel tank.

    Buran's major advantage was that it had full autopilot and could be unmanned for any mission if desired.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2007 #4
    with two crews killed did we do it right? :frown:
     
  6. Jan 5, 2007 #5

    FredGarvin

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    How many flights have the Russians put up? How many has the US? Both accidents were more of a procedural screw up, not design flaws. The Russians have lost their share of Astronauts as well. It is a dangerous business no matter what way you look at it.
     
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