Shuttle 2.01

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Shuttle 2.01 "Baikal"
Shuttle 2.01
Country Soviet Union
Named after Lake Baikal (?)
Status unfinished
Time spent in space Never flew in space

Shuttle 2.01 (Baikal) was the third space shuttle vehicle of the Soviet Buran program, serial number 11F35 K3. 2.01's construction was not complete when the Buran program was ended (30-50 percent done), so it remains unfinished.[1]

Differences from Shuttle Buran[edit]

The 2.01 is the first of a second series of Burans. The main differences between the second series and the first are located in the cockpit, which has been improved using feedback from the flight of the Buran and the construction of Ptichka.[1] It was also equipped with Zvezda K-36RB ejection seats for the first manned flights.[citation needed]

Projected flights[edit]

It was projected in 1989 that the Shuttle 2.01 would have its first manned space test flight in 1994, with a duration of twenty-four hours. The craft would have been equipped with a life support system and two ejection seats. Crew would have consisted of two cosmonautsIgor Volk (commander) and Aleksandr Ivanchenko (flight engineer).[2]

Post-retirement[edit]

After residing at the Tushino factory where it was constructed, it was incorrectly announced in 2006 that Shuttle 2.01 would be put on display in the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, Germany. However, the German Museum had actually bought OK-GLI, the jet-powered Buran atmospheric test vehicle, which will be on display in its own new hangar from September 2008.[1]

Since 2004 the shuttle 2.01 had been left under open sky on a car park in Moscow, near Khimki Reservoir.[3] [4] [5] [6][7]

On 22 June 2011 during the day the shuttle was put on a barge[8] to be moved to the MAKS 2011 international air show, which took place from 16 to 21 August in Zhukovsky (Moscow region).[9] In the night of 22–23 June it was seen on the Moskva River.[10][11] As of November 2013, it remained at the Ramenskoye–Zhukovsky Airport (55°33′06″N 38°08′40″E / 55.5517°N 38.1444°E / 55.5517; 38.1444).[12]

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