Space Shuttle Buran

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Buran on An-225 (Le Bourget 1989) (cropped).JPEG
Orbiter 1K1 at the 1989 Paris Air Show
Named after"Snowstorm"[1]
StatusDestroyed in a 2002 hangar collapse[2]
First flight15 November 1988[1]
Last flight15 November 1988[1]
No. of missions1[1]
Crew members0[1]
Time spent in space3 hours, 25 minutes, 22 seconds
No. of orbits2[1]

Space Shuttle Buran (OK-1K1) was the first space shuttle run by Soviet Union. It flew one unmanned flight before being retired and was destroyed in a hangar collapse in 2002.

History[change | change source]

The Buran was created in 1984. The first flight was an uncrewed orbital flight on November 15, 1988. There was also a plan for second flight of Buran. However, it never took place due to dissolution of Soviet Union. On May 12, 2002, the hangar where was stored the shuttle, was collapsed due to poor maintenance. The collapse not only killed the eight workers, it completely destroyed the shuttle and the rocket.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Buran". NASA. 12 November 1997. Archived from the original on 4 August 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2006.
  2. "Eight feared dead in Baikonur hangar collapse". Spaceflight Now. 16 May 2002.