Saturday, July 30, 2011


·         It was a space craft designed by soviet union and launched in 1988
·         It was more sophisticated than US space shuttle
·         However the buran program came to an abrupt end with USSR split
·         It was the first fully reusable space shuttle system in world
·         Coapred to US shuttle it had
o   Superior thermal protection tiles
o   Less toxic and more efficient liquid fuel
o   Higher payload of 100 tonnes against space shuttles 30 tonnes
o   Could carry 10 people against 7 of US version
·         It was the first to perform unmanned flight in fully automatic mode until the boeing X 37 was launched last year

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