Pictures of Buran

Earlier this year Ralph Mirebs took some pictures of the Russian orbiter Ptichka at Site 112 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The first orbiter, Buran (OK-1K1), was destroyed in 2002. The second Buran-class orbiter, nicknamed Ptichka (OK-1K2), and a mockup is what you see on Ralph Mirebs pictures.

Ralph Mirebs LiveJournal (in Russian)

Arstechnica: Stunning images of abandoned Soviet space shuttles

Popular Science: Why the Soviet Space Shuttle was left to rot

Aviation Week: Soviet Shuttle Dreams to Dust

Russian Space Web

Buran-Energia

Wikipedia: Buran programme, Buran shuttle, PtichkaEnergia, An-225

 

 

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