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Two surviving shuttles found?![edit]

I dont know if these are the same shuttles or not, but from what i can gather in the photos, these two shuttles that these Urban Explorers have found appear to be Buran shuttles. Correct me if im wrong, but im not aware of any other shuttles that the Soviets had worked on. I was led to believe (as this article suggests) that the last example was destoryed some time around 1993 when the roof of the building housing the (last remaining) shuttle collapsed on the shuttle and destroyed it. So im interested to know what these shuttles are from if they are indeed not part of the Buran program itself. See --Nzoomed (talk) 08:27, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

They are the two of the three shuttles/mockups remaining at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, given to Kazakhstan when the Russians withdrew. They are the second flight-ready shuttle OK-2K1 (the first was destroyed as you say) and a mockup named OK-MT. The third shuttle stood on an outdoor pad until 2007, then was refurbished and is on the grounds of the Baikonur space museum. See the table in the article for data on all known Soviet shuttle remains.

Buran that was at Amusement Park in Moscow?[edit]

I know that, for a long time, there was a "Buran" attraction at an amusement park in Moscow (Gorkovo? Tsaritsino? not sure..). The one time that I was there, the attraction was closed. I remember thinking that the space shuttle displayed looked like a fake attraction rather than a real shuttle, although I believe it was the correct size. Looking at the pictures on this site, however, what I saw may have been the real shuttle. I'm tempted to say this was either in the summer of 2001 or 2002, though perhaps it was earlier, in 1999 or even 1997. Since the shuttle was destroyed in 2002, it must have been removed from the park before that point if it was indeed the real shuttle. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:43, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

The Gorky park shuttle was the OK-TVA structural test article. It never had tiles on it, for instance. They were painted on. That shuttle was moved in July 2014 to the Moscow Exhibition Centre. SkoreKeep (talk) 06:16, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Nice Buran pictures on dutch wiki[edit]

see dutch (nederlands) wiki for nice buran pictures

There's some good info there too, here's the link. --Craigboy (talk) 04:30, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Image:Buran landing.jpg[edit]

frame|This image depicts a LII's MiG-25PU 2-seat trainer escorting the Buran at touchdown.

Interesting thing: the fore cockpit is taken by Sergey XXX (under another name), camera operator (now working for "Wings of Russia" studio), the aircraft was under control of Magomet Tolboev.

There is a 7.5M AVI with russian comments

An intersting moment was the turnover of the MiG to compensate a miss of ground guidance - it was performed by stalling the MiG in a spin for 1/2 roll (just because the MiG-25 was not too maneurable at all and even worse at the topmost altitude). --jno 16:17, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

It's a great photo, but I don't think the copyright tag is accurate. --Guinnog 17:20, 5 July 2006 (UTC)
It's not my photo, I've just added this comment which can be of interest for historicans and funs. --jno 10:32, 7 July 2006 (UTC)


Isn't 1K1 the flight and the orbiter 1.01? User:Tom walker 16:11 GMT 17 July 2006

In general, 1K1 is a GRAU index for the entier type (or class) of identical units, while 1.01 is a unit... --jno 13:00, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Destruction section[edit]

According to the BBC the Buran was destroyed in 2002. Here is the link: —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 16:32, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the link/reference. Interestingly, the article doesn't specify which of the Burans was destroyed. From the article:
"the collapse of the giant hangar housing a version of the Buran space shuttle comes after"
"And now Buran's hanger, with a model of the ill-fated space shuttle inside it, has collapsed killing several workers. The result of neglect, it is being reported."
Another BBC article [1] is also fairly indefinite - "One Buran spacecraft - reportedly the only one of the three built to have flown in space - was inside the building."
Googling in general, says [2] "A full-scale test model of the Buran was trapped beneath debris after Sunday's collapse"
Spaceflight Now says [3] "Also damaged or destroyed in the accident was one of the three mothballed Buran space shuttles."
Does anyone know of a reference which states that it was definitely the Shuttle Buran, and not a Shuttle Buran, that was destroyed? Mike Peel 17:41, 29 August 2006 (UTC)
I'm rephrasing this until evidence is presented that this was THE shuttle Buran Pubuman 03:25, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
According to [4], the destroyed orbiter was in fact the 1.01, which was the vehicle that had flown.
— I've heard that the Buran which had flown into space was not properly cooled just after its landing and was subject to severe deformations which rendered it unusable for the next flight. The information made its way to me from Baikonur verbally, so I cannot cite a printed source. A rumor, maybe.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
— I do not understand why is on this page photos of a shuttle with letters "Baikal" - it was the third model, model 1.01 had "Buran" written on an exterior. Not sure if this page should be taken seriously. Jirka.h23 (talk) 06:29, 25 June 2013 (UTC)
"Baikal" was 1.01's original name. It was changed to Buran a few weeks before its launch, when it was realized that burns on the shuttle's body could change Baikal to several unfortunate references (kal, for instance, translates as crap). After Buran flew, they realized the fears were unfounded; he burns were elsewhere. That story is from SkoreKeep (talk) 06:12, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
After reading this WP article, I find that it is difficult to parse "Buran" from the other Buran vehicles, one is left without a clear idea how many were made (there were 11 including mockups and unfinished versions). "Buran" is treated as a proper noun, but they called all of their vehicles "Buran", singling each of them out by an ID system (OK-TVI, OK-1.01, OK-1.02, etc). In this WP article, showing "Buran" in italics implies a specific vehicle, such as "Space Shuttle - Discovery", when it in fact refers to many. Just something to think about. Fjbfour 20:54, 24 December 2006 (UTC)
Actually, the Soviets were always leary of naming things with security consequences. They named only their industrial atomic tests, never (well, almost never) their military ones. They had a hell of a time naming their huge space complex; Baikonur is the name of a mining town a hundred miles away; the local railroad town is Tyurantam. They refused to name the new cities they created with security purposes. It must have been maddening. Buran is indeed officially only the name of one spacecraft, but the use of Buran as a program name and as a generic name for the Soviet shuttle spacecraft is almost universal (see Buran programme, for instance). SkoreKeep (talk) 06:12, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Buran resurrection - have a look here —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:40, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

How much correctly to use this source (reference 8): "Whitehouse, David (2002-05-13). "Russia's space dreams abandoned" (BBC). Retrieved 2007-11-14." I have read to become and I have seen in this article many gloating, spite. Check up a source neutrality 7prosecutor7 (talk) 18:08, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Aerial View[edit]

On Google earth, a distinctly shuttle shaped object can be clearly seen at Baikonur Cosmodrome at 45°55′10″N 63°18′36″E / 45.91944°N 63.31000°E / 45.91944; 63.31000 (the facility has evidently been very heavily photographed from orbit, and structures such as the N-1 flame pits and and R-7 pad 1 show up quite well). Does anyone know if this is a Buran, and if so, does it merit mention on the page, perhaps under trivia? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

That is very interesting information, maybe there is shown Shuttle Ptichka or one of Mock-ups, but regrettably can not be mentioned because of WP:NOR. Feel free to found this information somewhere outside wiki, then can be added. --Jklamo 14:01, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
Photos of OK-M here, (More photos under the OK-M submenu in the margin on the left of the page.) (Weirpwoer (talk) 09:14, 11 April 2010 (UTC))
It's a full-scale model built for testing launch pad equipment, recently moved to museum.

Real cockpit is planned to be created inside.

Back-up landing strip in Czechoslovakia?[edit]

Several Czech sites claim that back-up landind strip for Buran was made at airfield Hradčany in military area Ralsko, that was used by the Soviet army in the 1980s. Can anybody verify that? JanSuchy 22:38, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Where's the real Buran shuttle now?[edit]

I've read in Malaysian newspapers, and their saying that the Buran will be displayed in the Malaysian International Aerospace Exhibition on the 5th of June to the 7th of August. Is this true? Is the Buran the original Buran?

I think not, it will be likely OK-GLI. --Jklamo 20:39, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
Assuming that by the "real" one, you merely mean the one that flew into space, then it is destroyed, as the article states. —Joseph/N328KF (Talk) 20:51, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

The article does not state that it was actual flight hardware. 7/9/08 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:10, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Might be some info here? --Hfodf (talk) 22:13, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

It was -GL1, but much happened after leaving Sydney and reaching the destination - namely, the titular owners bankrupted and then wound up in court over ownership. Meanwhile, Bahrain claimed it since it was on a Bahrain registered ship. It languished in Manama harbor for 5 years before the original Russians managed to get their claim certified, and they immediately sold it to the Technikmuseum in Speyer, Germany. Sorry, Malaysia. SkoreKeep (talk) 05:58, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Thermal Management[edit]

I heard in a training class on creative thinking that the BURAN shuttle had an interesting thermal management strategy to protect itself from the intense heat of reentry. Whereas the US Shuttle system used expensive carbon composite panels, which were fragile and led to the destruction of the Columbia craft, the BURAN used a simpler solution. Apparently the underside was covered with cork, when the shuttle reentered a great deal of heat was generated, but with little oxygen that high up the cork didn't burn but carbonised, this carbon layer then acted as a thermal barrier to protect the craft. When it landed the carbonised cork was to be chipped away and a new layer added for the next use. I haven't been able to find any sources for this but would like to find out if its true. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 12:10, 19 February 2007 (UTC).

In short - NO. Buran used the same expensive and complex TPS as Space Shuttle; the belly is some sort of carbon composite, not cork. I know that the Soviet TPS was different in some details (like extra thermal protection in some places, also computer-designed tile placing), but, in general, is similar to American Space Shuttle. Most sources for this is in Russian, like and DFighter100 04:15, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

Lunched from???[edit]

Were did it lunch from, I cant find it any were??Chris H 01:51, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

If not mistaken, Buran went to McDonald's for lunch. SchuminWeb (Talk) 04:32, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
Okay, the Buran probably lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where it landed. I'm guessing this is where the Buran lifted off, 'cause the American shuttles lift off and land at the same place. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
Oh, launched! Well, after it got back from lunch, it launched from Baikonur. It also landed at Baikonur. However, they don't have to launch and land at the same facility. The American Space Shuttle doesn't necessarily do this for every mission. The most recent Atlantis mission launched at Kennedy, but landed at Edwards. SchuminWeb (Talk) 23:07, 5 July 2007 (UTC)
And the first several shuttle landings were all 2-3 time zones away from the launch sites. Originally, all launches were in Florida (at Kennedy), but the first landings were at Edwards (California); the second site to be used was White Sands (New Mexico). Kennedy landings came third. (talk) 02:00, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
Lunched from Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 110, built for the N1 moon rocket and reused for Buran/Energia —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:22, 12 May 2011 (UTC)
To be precise, 110/37 (L) was used, and 110/38 (R) was the alternate. Both were used for other Soyuz launches, and 38 was used for N1 launches.

What about the suspiciously shuttle copy like look of the buran?[edit]

Another note[edit]

"Although the Soviet designers tried to come up with an alternative look, wind tunnel tests soon revealed that NASA had done its job well and the Shuttle was already the best shape for the job." -Spaceflight by Giles Sparrow. I'm adding this to the article. Also, just because the Shuttle is hard for the pilot to steer doesn't mean it's aerodynamically inefficient. Kbog (talk) 06:55, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

It is well documented that the Space Shuttle planform was optimized for the high crossrange needs of the US Air Force. If it had been designed by NASA without this requirement, the US shuttle would have looked very different. This fact alone shoots a major hole in Sparrow's statement.
"Aerodynamically, Buran was a straight copy." That is GrampaScience's quote. This article needs a solid reference so that this info can be properly added to the article. For now, I've added Reverse engineering to the See also section. There is a VERY LONG history to the Soviets' copying of aerospace designs. Buran/Shuttle is a big part of that history.--Concord hioz (talk) 18:01, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Verifiable First?[edit]

"Another prototype was acquired by the German Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum in 2004, and is currently in transit, to the museum, where it will become the world's first genuine space shuttle to be exhibited to the general public." - is this claim verifiable? As above, there is no record of the Buran being used in a man-rated space mission, and secondly, what constitutes a "genuine space shuttle"? If that means "reusable man-rated space vehicle", then surely the accolade goes to Spaceship One at the Smithsonian? It's certainly not the first used space vehicle, man-rated or otherwise, to be exhibited. Or have they been conned by a used-capsule salesman? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Stevedix (talkcontribs) 13:04, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Even without SpaceShipOne, the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian Air&Space Museum, has the American space shuttle Enterprise on display.-- (talk) 04:42, 11 April 2008 (UTC)
Enterprise never went to space eigher, however it was technically capable for space flight (heat shield). Speyer aquired OK-GLI/0.02 which was a flight/glide test mock-up. It's actually not realy listed as an orbiter, hence not spaceworthy. Buran (OK-1k1) was spaceworthy (how surprising ;-) ) and actually in space (unmanned), even if her life support never got completed. But I think the article highly exagerates the role of OK-GLI. However compared to Enterprise it flew with it's own engine power.-- (talk) 20:43, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Buran or not Buran[edit]

I removed the Future Home section as it belongs to OK-GLI not to Buran. Actually this sutt is already in OK-GLI so it seems obsolete. I add a copy here in case some missing details should be moved to OK-GLI.-- (talk) 11:28, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

Future home[edit]

Section source: Speyer[1]
Buran being transported to the Technikmuseum Speyer in Germany, where it will be on public display

OK-GLI was loaded onto a ship on the 4 March, 2008. During the transfer from the storage barge to the ship there was a failure of the aft spreader and the tail of the shuttle dropped from deck height into the hold. Fortunately, no-one was hurt and both the ship and shuttle seemed to suffer only minor damage. The shuttle was then transported to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. There it was transferred to a barge for further transport to Germany by means of river transit. On 7 April 2008, the orbiter was transported by barge along the river Rhine to the museum in Speyer, near Mannheim.[2]

Buran 2.01[edit]

Here are some sources on the Buran 2.01:

--AtonX (talk) 10:55, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Proposed merge[edit]

The proposed merge of Buran (spacecraft) and Buran program wouldn't be enough; it would also be necessary to merge Ptichka (spacecraft), Shuttle 2.01, Shuttle 2.02, Shuttle 2.03, OK-GLI, BOR-5 and probably BOR-4; then {{Buran program}} could be deleted. I'm personally not opposed to the idea; they could probably be better combined into a single, concise "Buran program" article. I'd think it'd need to be well cited though, so editors would have a leg to stand on when trying to maintain the article by removing the trivia and rumors that would bloat the article over time; unfortunately, reliably sourced info on the Soviet space program is hard to come by. Without a bit of "discipline" the article would soon become a disorganized inconsistent mess.

So it would be a lot of work, and I'm not volunteering to do it. I would encourage anyone interested in doing the work to discuss it here, or just do it. But without any (visible) movement on the idea, the {{merge}} templates on top of the articles serve little purpose; I'm removing them. jhf (talk) 22:54, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Russian Buran space shuttle to be used again[edit]

For those Russian Buran shuttle fans, well looks like the Russian government is planning on bringing back the Russian Buran space shuttle back to it's original use again. Buran will be used again to fly back into Space to the ISS as NASA soon will terminate its last 3 shuttle missions, Russia will decide when to bring Buran back for a test flight again. Since Russia built 13 Russian space shuttles, 3 of them are ready to fly yet the Energia Buran space launch ]ad has to be reconditioned after 18 years as the Russians plan to re-use and refinish the launch pad again. I am planning an update to the main Buran article so I am making this edit now until I add the facts to the main page. If anyone has any comments, please post it here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I find nothing to support that claim in reliable sources. SchuminWeb (Talk) 14:01, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Here is some sources here: Soviet Era Space Shuttle Could Bail Out NASA 2009[5] Soviet space shuttle could bail out NASA 2009[6]

I got another source from Russia itself —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:33, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

It's not particularly convincing at this point. There's been talk of resurrecting Buran for years from what I can tell. Unless I see reporting on more concrete actions in this direction, I think we should take a pass on this. SchuminWeb (Talk) 23:51, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
Concur, as that article is from April, 2009, almost a year ago now, and we've seen nothing from reliable sources. There are plenty of falsehoods in that article, especially the part about the Buran program being terminated before they could use it to retreive Skylab. IIRC, Skylab crashed in 1979, while the Buran progtam was terminated in 1993! Not a reliable source at all. - BilCat (talk) 00:20, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
You know Russia Today News is an official international news media - if you view their website there so much updated information on there going on around the world and particularly Russia that I am believing the resource facts are good valid points to post here if the Russia gov't is bring Buran back. I peronally would like to see the Buran page updated with this news feed as NASA is very soon losing it's space shuttle program where the US president has got Congress to fund the Russians to drum up the Buran shuttle again in switch to get the Russian's to put pressure on Iran to lift their Russian nuclear power plant on hold in Iran since the US seems to be complaining about all the time. There is no doubt something going on in Russia and the Soviet Buran Space Shuttle by what I can tell. Good job by bringing this up by the way, if I hear of anything too I will post it here. You have my support to post these sources on Buran's page as we should update this information for our viewers guys.-- (talk) 04:00, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Okay, this is starting to drift off into conspiracy theories now, and also contrary to reliable, published sources. It's not getting added. End of story. No amount of "you have my permission" comments will change that. SchuminWeb (Talk) 05:28, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I was going to say, something seemed fishy about that article, but I couldn't exactly put my finger on it. I'm going to agree with BilCat that this is a non-reliable source, and therefore can't be used. SchuminWeb (Talk) 05:28, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
I find that interesting because these are real sources ([(they are not Blogs)]) and I disagree as I think we need to edit the article with a possible Buran re-mission possiblity but also adding more sources including the ones above. Here is another source on NASA ready to fund Buran space shuttle program[7]
and here[8] as NASA is admitting it here[9] the need for Russia space transport [10] as Russia has admitted back in 2004 reloading the Buran Energia is much more affective than building another one[11] and January 2010 Obama[12] saying to use other counter parts for cargo transport, Russia. What Russian heavy cargo space rocket can work to forfill heavy loads and enough people to the International Space Station? The Russian shuttle. So I am adding the source is valid and should be edited in for new sources as needed.
At least half of those articles don't even mention Buran in them. And the others go into the same territory of what we've already discussed and determined to take a pass on. Besides, even if the Buran program were to be reactivated, they certainly would not be using the subject of this article, which is a vehicle that was destroyed in a hangar collapse eight years ago. (Talk) 12:49, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
I say add it in as nothing has been said with anything new on this topic for a while. If the person made 2 links with 2 stories of related information on the Buran flying again then it should be posted on here. I am not buying your comments SchuminWeb either as I don't understand your contributions on the Buran shuttle. The news is pretty thorough on the story and I like it myself too.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
The problem is that the story is at least a year old, and probably more, but there have been no independent corraborative stories found since that time. This isn't a minor event, and one would expect to have heard more on this in the past 11 months. Smells like a hoax, or at least a trial balloon. - BilCat (talk) 23:26, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
In all it can be used as an article link for the time being on the main page[13][14], my main idea was to write a small paragraph on the main page to enlighten the story with some good news on the Buran flying again. We cannot cast out the story and I sort of concur with in that nothing has really been posted for sometime regarding anything on the Buran. Look if the Buran is going to fly again or whatever again, there is only a some story I will admit that and I don't think we should discredit it at all but leave it as open discussion and post the article link only. If Russia Today publishes a news video, it is international news just like CNN is. I will dig out some more sources on it to see if there is any light information to this story to add to the mix by writing to several space agencies. I would like to see the Buran fly again and only one Buran vehicle was destroyed in May 2002, not all of the Buran shuttles - there is still 12 of them left, 3 are in other hangers protected and 4 are half built. I have been to Cosmodrome Baikonur before but not all of the Russian shuttles are viewable to the public, the Russian space agency is very top secret but the Soyuz lauches are open to the public and very impressive, you can get closer to the launches then in Florida. When the Russian discussion on the new story came in January on the Russian 5th generation Sukhoi Pak-FA T50 jet[15] that also was long talked about for 10 to 15 years but as no one was really believing the Russian's were going to built a better plane than the famous F-22 as it was talk many years of waiting and now it is officially announced information. The Buran shuttle come back should be in our minds until maybe till next year or 3 years till Energia and probably NASA make that announcement to fly Buran again, there is some if's on it still. Like the Russian's they like to kept their military information secret and I respect that. For now the Russia Today News link is just a slight info link of the bringing of the story and I will post more to come. I also want to mention that the NASA links I provided about were not to say the Buran info was in them but to admit that NASA is completely broke and seeking a space cargo transport, which maybe the Buran shuttle, maybe, ok.-- (talk) 00:20, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

-I second amend that argument if you have provided the source on a remaking movement on the Soviet Space shuttle with backup sources then I am all for it as you have two that are really good yet more will help your case. Just go ahead and see if you can get a little more data I will support to post it. Obviously it is something useful to editor where as those video clips have a hand full backup to use already, thanks. -- (talk) 02:21, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

It is true the Indian government wants to partner with the Russian's & Chinese to go to Mar's but the Indians what a big part of the ISS. If money is going to the Russian's build Buran shuttles back in service then a lot of the money may come from India to get them back in service again. Regardless if the RT clip is 9 months old it does state the facts of the US having no space or any transport service to get there. Congress denied any funding NASA asked for but not a foreign shuttle. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:56, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

The idea of bringing back Buran has absolutely no ground. The orbiters, the launch vehicles, the ground systems, the control systems have all been destroyed to one or another extent. Buran cannot be brought back into operation even if the Russians wanted. So much technology, knowledge, equipment and people is lost. This was a classic trolling, no wonder its author did not sign his comment. Everybody, relax. Mikus (talk) 22:11, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Stop calling Buran a space shuttle[edit]

Buran is not a space shuttle, especially when using caps like Space Shuttle. Space Shuttle is an American vehicle. I think it is permissible to use phrases like "the Russian Space Shuttle" in a somewhat denigrating attempt to point out that Buran is a derivative of the Space Shuttle. But I find it improper to, say, sign a photo of Buran's landing as "Buran Space Shuttle landing bla-bla-bla". The Buran is not a Space Shuttle! I am going to edit this page to remove usage of "space shuttle" expression especially in capitalized form, unless it it used to show the similarity between the two orbiters. Mikus (talk) 22:20, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Agreed on capitalization - "Space Shuttle", capitalized, is a proper noun that should only refer to the US vehicle. However, whether "space shuttle", in lowercase, is a suitable generic term for this type of vehicle is something that we should discuss further. Buran is the same basic concept as the US Space Shuttle, and shares a similar appearance, and so "space shuttle" seems a suitable generic term. Thoughts? SchuminWeb (Talk) 04:59, 8 December 2010 (UTC)
So if "Space Shuttle" is the "proper" name of the US spacecraft, then how come all the missions were called STS-nnn which supposedly means "Space Transportation System" ? Isn't that actually the official american name ?Eregli bob (talk) 12:46, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
Agreed on using "space shuttle" in its lower-case form. "Space Shuttle" is the popular name for the US spaceplane (its technical name is Space Transportation System), but both systems are designed as reusable spacecraft, hence "space shuttles". Axeman (talk) 23:40, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
We could call it something else. But we'd have to remove any photographs or diagrams. Clearly it's a space shuttle that was built in Russia without the trouble of gaining a licence. --Pete (talk) 23:58, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Not quite. There are some significant differences between the American and Soviet designs, though they are both "space shuttles." Axeman (talk) 00:40, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
They refined the design. But it's not like the huge differences between (say) Soyuz and Apollo. Reusable winged space vehicles from a common origin. --Pete (talk) 02:29, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
No, there are some pretty significant differences, such as the the fact that the Space Shuttle contains the main engines of the STS, whereas the Buran Orbiter is merely a payload for the Energia rocket. Essentially, the Space Shuttle is both a rocket and a spacecraft, but Buran is not. There are other differences, as well, at the above link. Axeman (talk) 22:03, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
The differences don't exclude a common starting point. The visible similarities in the 2 designs are awfully similar to have been totally coincidental. Given the Soviet's track record of espionage, it's highly doubtful there was not some "borrowing" involved. While the Soviets were totally capable of developing their own designs, they never had a problem using other designs as starting points either. The only complete copy they made was the Tu-4 copy of the B-29, and that caused enough design problems that they never did it that way again. - BilCat (talk) 22:25, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
After reading the comments and looking up Russian space shuttle, the Energia Corporation defined the Buran shuttle is a "space shuttle", how can you not call it a space shuttle. It is not a copy of the US space shuttle either. The Russians had designed blue prints on their space shuttle dating back to 1959, the US stole the Russians idea and of their old design and went for it but besides that, both the US shuttles and Russian shuttles, they're both space shuttles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:39, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Changed "Russian military" to "Soviet military" etc.[edit]

Please do not use "Russian" as a synonym for "Soviet" because it refers to the time when Russian Federation was a part of the Soviet Union. In the 80th the "Soviet military" could not be "Russian military" (consisted not only of ethnic Russians), just as "Soviet territory" was not only "Russian territory"(territory of Russian Federation within the Soviet Union) and so on. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:54, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

And you are absolutely correct, too. Good work! SchuminWeb (Talk) 02:22, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Copied from Columbia[edit]

It is worth mentioning that the Buran space shuttle was a re-engineered Columbia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:20, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Not unless you can cite an authority saying so. SkoreKeep (talk) 00:52, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Cross-Article inconsistencies about Buran's destruction[edit]

That article, about the Cosmodrome that houses Buran, says it has been "restored" and is on display with interactive exhibits. This article says the building housing Buran collapsed and it was "destroyed." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:24, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

It (OK-1K1) was destroyed. A number of other test articles have been refurbished and are on display, one in preparation in Moscow, one in Germany, one in Moscow at air shows, one at Baikonur and another two preserved there. The Gorky Park shuttle is refurbished and on display at the Moscow Exhibition Center. Of those, two are mostly completed flight articles. See the table in the article. SkoreKeep (talk) 05:33, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Fixed Baikonur page. SkoreKeep (talk) 05:38, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Removed image of structural test vehicle OK-TVA[edit]

Removed this image:

The structural test vehicle OK-TVA from the Buran programme in Moscow's Gorki Park. (2012)

If someone needs it for the OK-TVA article, it can be found here. Tony Mach (talk) 11:08, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

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What ever became of the Buran shuttle found stripped and abandoned in Bahrain in 2004?

This is a Slashdot story mentioning it, there's still two photos up but the linked articles there are broken/archived and pay-per-view now:

The theory I recall reading was that it was a model used for atmospheric glide-down testing and it landed at the Bahrain airport right around the time the USSR broke up, and there was likely no money available to return it to the USSR. I never saw any updates on the story; at the time there were a few sites that had posted numerous (internal and external) photos of it.

Doug3gn6 (talk) 09:00, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Might be soem info here: --Hfodf (talk) 22:12, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

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