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Roscomos will not revive Buran

Buran A.N. Perminov

During a meeting for the inauguration of a school, director of Roscomos, A.N. Perminov confirmed that there is no plans to revive the Buran project, nor develop a reusable system, at least like the Buran/Shuttle.

In accordance to the president of Roscosmos there is no plan to develop a reusable transport system even if the idea is interesting and it is necessary to continue researches in this field. But the way it was done on Buran and on the American Shuttle is detrimental because it implies important using costs and it is not secure.

The main point is the economical aspect, the cost of a launch of the American Shuttle is up to 0.5 billion of dollars, this is a lot of money even for a country like the United States.

The second point is about security, this spacecraft is not reliable at 100%, two accidents on the Shuttle showed it. Despite the hight level of design of Buran and the Shuttle, this is the same for Buran. This way has no advantage and is hazardous.

Ещё на один вопрос ответил А.Н. Перминов – о «Буране»: «Нет ли сегодня планов возрождения этого проекта или каких-то других проектов создания многоразовых пилотируемых космических кораблей?»
«Не хотелось вас огорчать, но лучше сразу сказать: нет, не планируем. Идея создания многоразовых космических кораблей сама по себе хорошая и будет использована дальше однозначно. Но как она была исполнена и на «Буране», и на американских шаттлах, она оказалась невыгодной из-за высокой стоимости обслуживания и ненадёжности.
Во-первых: экономический аспект. Стоимость запуска одного шаттла обходится НАСА до 0,5 млрд долларов. Это очень много даже для такой страны, как Америка.
Во-вторых: надёжность. Пока ещё не обеспечена 100-процентная надёжность кораблей многоразового использования, и 2 случая катастроф с шаттлами тому свидетельство. Несмотря на отличия в схеме компоновки «Бурана» и шаттлов, всё остальное на «Буране» то же самое – те же недостатки. Это направление оказалось невыгодным и опасным.

Source: http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=11499

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Comment from Krys
Time: 2010-11-02, 12.34

Truly a lack of vision on the parts of Roscosmos, in my view. The Soyuz system is excellent. Reliable, affordable and gets the job done, but there is a need for a replacement that can combine passenger and cargo launches, and handle greater volumes of both. So many « Soyuz replacement » designs have come and gone, whilst the Buran design is there. A complete design, with the core elements already having undergone a huge amount of testing.

Furthermore, 20 years down the road there is now a wealth of information and experience gained from the NASA shuttle program that give us the benefit of hindsight that can be applied to a Buran revival.

At the end of the day, if the government is serious about taking back the Russian ISS modules at the end of the ISS program, then it will need a vessel to develop, supply, crew and maintain them, and actually make the whole thing worthwhile. And by then, if Soyuz was human, it’d be almost ready to collect a pension.

Comment from КОЛОВРАТ
Time: 2010-11-04, 2.04


Comment from Caio lima caldas
Time: 2012-01-06, 2.08

This is a fucking shit !!!!