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This is first comprehensive book on the Soviet Energia/Buren program Tells the fascinating story of Soviet effort designed to keep up with the United States in the Cold War in space
Provides information never before published in the West
In this absorbing book, the authors describe the long development of the Soviet space shuttle system, its infrastructure and the space agency’s plans to follow up the first historic unmanned mission. The book includes comparisons with the American shuttle system and offers details of the talented Soviet test pilots chosen to train to fly the system, as well as the operational, political and engineering problems that finally sealed the fate of Buran and ultimately of NASA’s Shuttle fleet.
The coverage opens with a Foreword written by a former Buran cosmonaut, and goes on to provide a detailed description of the first orbital test flight of the Buran shuttle in 1988, giving details of the development of the various Soviet space plane projects of the 1950s and 1960s. The authors then detail ground support, and the facilities and infrastructure created to prepare, launch, control and recover the Buran vehicle.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Biographie - Buran orbiter - Cold War technology - Energiya rocket - Russian Space Shuttle - design - development - evolution - organization - production - space transportation vehicle - transport
The roots of Buran.- The birth of Buran.- Systems and scenarios.- Organizations and infrastructure.- The Buran cosmonaut team.- Testing the hardware.- Buran in the spotlight.- Shattered dreams, new beginnings.- Beyond Buran.