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Transport of the OK-TVA shuttle to the VDNKh park

OK-TVA transport

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.

Buran VDNKh

Photo Marc Courbin.




Dismantling of the OK-TVA shuttle

Buran at the Gorki Park

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.

Moving of the Buran shuttle to the VDNKh park

Shuttle OK-TVA

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.

Pavilion 20 VDNKh

Remote manipulator system

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:

Stand of the arm Elbow Wrist

 

Hand

 

Source: kosmonavtika.com

Reporting on Igor Volk

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:

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25th anniversary of the Buran’s flight

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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.

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Pictures of the VMT-Atlante at the MAKS 2013

This year heavy rains little bit messed up this new edition of the MAKS air show 2013, especially the flights demonstrations, but at least some historic planes were exposed for the joy of visitors. Among them the VMT-Atlant, this plane made the two flights of the Energia rocket possible. Indeed, it was the only mean to safely transport parts of the rocket (and the shuttle Buran) from Moscow to Baikonur.

VMT-Atlante VMT-Atlante VMT-Atlante

VMT-Atlante VMT-Atlante VMT-Atlante

Source: lusika33

Alexander Ananoff or the first astronaut

Alexander Ananoff

Alexander Ananoff was a person who lived his passion, the space exploration, and he dedicated to it a large part of his life.

This untiring self-taught man made it possible for the people to discover, since the 30′s, the advantages of space exploration for mankind. By virtue of his popularizer talent he succeeded to pass down his passion throughout conferences, symposiums, and publications, where many of his contemporary looked at him with contempt.

Thus, amongst other things, he helped Hergé for the redaction of the Tintin’s adventures on the Moon and he created the first International Astronautical Congress in 1950.

Alexandre Ananoff, l’Astronaute méconnu (Alexander Ananoff, the unknown Astronaut) written by Pierre-François Mouriaux and Philippe Varnoteaux is an exciting biography which enlighten us on the not well known life of the first French space exploration popularizer.

ISBN : 979-10-90686-20-5