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RUSSIAN BURAN SPACE SHUTTLE 1'' THERMAL TILE
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RUSSIAN BURAN SPACE SHUTTLE 1" THERMAL TILE
    Own your own piece of Russian space history with this wonderful piece of the Buran Space Shuttle 2.03 that was dismantled in 1995!
  • Thermal Tile Measures approx. 1" x 1" x 0.4"
  • Comes Presented in a Solid Acrylic Box
  • Overall Presentation Measures 3" x 2" x 1.3"
  • Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
The Buran spacecraft (Russian: meaning Snowstorm or Blizzard), GRAU index 11F35 K1 was a Soviet orbital vehicle analogous in function and design to the US Space Shuttle and developed by Chief Designer Gleb Lozino-Lozinskiy of RKK Energia. Buran completed one unmanned spaceflight in 1988 and remains the only Soviet space shuttle that was launched into space, as the Buran programme was cancelled in 1993. One of the three mothballed shuttles was destroyed in 2002 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, when the hangar in which it was stored collapsed. The only orbital launch of Buran occurred at 3:00 UTC on 15 November 1988 from Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 110/37. It was lifted into orbit unmanned by the specially designed Energia rocket. Unlike the NASA Shuttle, which was propelled by a combination of solid boosters and the Shuttle's own liquid-fuel engines fuelled from a large fuel tank, the Energia-Buran system used only thrust from the rocket's four RD-170 liquid oxygen/kerosene engines developed by Valentin Glushko and another four RD-0120 liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engines. From the very beginning Buran was intended to be used in both fully automatic and manual mode. Although the program accumulated a several-years delay, Buran was the first space shuttle to perform an unmanned flight, including landing in fully automatic mode. The Buran automated launch sequence performed as specified, and the Energia rocket lifted the vehicle into a temporary orbit before the orbiter separated as programmed. After boosting itself to a higher orbit and completing two revolutions around the Earth, ODU (engine control system) engines fired automatically to begin the descent into the atmosphere. Exactly 206 minutes into the mission, the Buran orbiter landed, having lost only five of its 38,000 thermal tiles over the course of the flight. The automated landing took place on a runway at Baikonur Cosmodrome where, despite a lateral wind speed of 61.2 kilometres per hour (38.0 mph), it landed only 3 metres (9.8 ft) laterally and 10 metres (33 ft) longitudinally from the target mark. The unmanned flight was the first time that a spacecraft of this size and complexity had been launched, completed manoeuvres in orbit, re-entered the atmosphere, and landed under automatic guidance.
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RUSSIAN BURAN SPACE SHUTTLE 1'' THERMAL TILE