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On August 15 the interactif museum « Buran » opened, in the VDNKh parc.
The museum firstly shows a video explaining the Buran-Energia project, then in the payload bay pictures of the Buran’s assembly are shown, finally the visit ends with a view of the cockpit.
This shuttle is the test model OK-TVA which was moved last year in June 2014.
Last week he fought back and slipped inside the vertical test building of the Energia launcher. Actually there is inside a full-size mock-up of the Energia M launcher which was a less powerfull version of Energia intented for launching less massive satellites (34t instead of 100t in low earth orbit).
Source: Ralph Mirebs.
During the night 5 to 6 of July 2014 the Buran OK-TVA was transported from the Gorky park to the VDNKh park. It has been there since 1995 after being a restaurant, a tourist attraction and then a shelter for bicycles.
It is now in the VDNKh parc right in front of the Vostok rocket (the same used by Gagarine).
Soon will be an exposition inside the shuttle.
Has said in the previous article the OK-TVA shuttle will be moved to the VDNKh park, and as we can see on this picture the dismantling has already begun. It should take approximately one month.
The Moscow’s Mayor annonced yesterday in an Interfaks report that the Buran Shuttle OK-TVA will be moved from the Gorky Parc to the VNDKh (actually VVTs).
The definitive destination is not yet decided but should be the pavilion 20.
The dismantling of the shuttle will take one month after the final decision is taken.
Some days ago a friend of mine went to Russia to visit some factories and this is where he went, to the central institute of search and experiments for robotics and cybernetics (ГНЦ ЦНИИ РТК РФ) at St-Petersburg. It’s in this institut that was developped the Buran’s Remote manipulator system. Here are some pictures:
TV Roscosmos published today (under their reportings about the soviets and russians cosmonauts) a reporting about the cosmonaut Igor Volk.
Igor Volk took part, especially, in the development of the Buran’s autonomous landing system in piloting the OK-GLI shuttle.
You can see the reporting here:
Today we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Buran’s flight.
The start was given at 6 o’clock AM (Moscow time) under a thick cloud cover. The flight went through without specifics troubles and the shuttle landed smoothly on the runway of the Yubileyniy’s airport, specially designed for this purpose.
This flight is a first in the history of space exploration because it’s the first automatic flight of a space shuttle. Only the de-orbit command was transmitted from the ground.
Unfortunately, the financial and political situation of the USSR at that time was disastrous, the program was expensive and priorities has changed. The Energia-Buran program is slowly paused. There will be no further launches, despite the many opportunities that allowed the shuttle. Even the launcher Energia is abandoned.
Since then, no manned shuttle has reiterated the achievement of being driven solely by the on-board computer.
This program has been the swansong of the Soviet Cosmonautics.