posted on Mar, 31 2018 @ 12:13 AM
Without digging too far, the single vertical launch was to orbit. Twice around and down via autopilot landing. It was a stripped-out model.
Prior tests, the Buran was fitted with 3 atmospheric jet engines, and flight tested in this conventional manner many times.
The main visual and engineering difference, that can be seen in the video, is the onboard engines for the Buran are much smaller, more or less for
de-orbiting, rather than ascent like the STS. The drop-test Shuttle Enterprise has no engines, and is obviously flared and shrouded in the rear, more
visually similar to the Buran.