Im just saying It's just like every other time Russia has made a claim or a threat later to have it thrown in their face as bullcrap. Like Russians
and nukes in the cold war era, they could hardly get the missles to leave the silo's much less hit a target across the world. Russia is strong but
thy like to make a spectacle of themselves whenever possible, look at th tsar bomb, they spent billions just to detonate the world biggest H-bomb.
"Look at us we are strong no?" Maybe make a move or 2 and I might have a tiny bit of fear for the red menace.
Good pictures at the beginning here.
The Russian Space Shuttle program was abandoned because of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
There were apparently 5 actual ones and 8 test ones. In some ways it was more advanced than the American one, for instance being able to go up
unmanned. Only one was completed. It did only one trip, which was unmanned. That was the Buran. In English that's 'Snow storm' or 'Blizzard'. A roof
collapsed on it, destroying it.
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Originally posted by DuceizBack
I hate when people talk about the cold war like we were ever close at war.
It was all a bluff.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Russian people were surprised at the great weaponry, like ICBMs, that the USA had. They said that Russia had no
intention of invading anyone, because they were far too busy with their own internal affairs.
There is another shuttle that was planned, the European Hermes. Maybe we could discuss it also in the same thread. Was thinking about it yesterday
before I saw this thread.
From Wikipedia :
Hermes was a proposed spaceplane designed by the French Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) in 1975, and later by the European Space
Agency. It was superficially similar to the US X-20. France proposed in January 1985 to go through with Hermes development under the auspices of the
ESA. Hermes was to have been part of a manned space flight program. It would have been launched using an Ariane 5. The project was approved in
November 1987, with an initial pre-development phase from 1988 to 1990, with a green light for full-rate development depending on the outcome of the
phase. The project suffered numerous delays and funding issues. It was canceled in 1992 since neither cost nor performance goals could be achieved. No
Hermes shuttles were ever built.
I can tell you what happened to the Buran shuttle. Moscow, summer 1996. While integrating some International Space Station (ISS) hardware to insure
compatibility with the Russian FGB segment, my team from NASA was invited to the Russian Space Museum for a VIP tour, hosted by a retired technician
who worked the Russian space program his entire career. The gentleman was very proud of Russia's accomplishments and explained in great detail the
history of each exhibit in the museum. We even got to sit inside a used Soyuz capsule, VERY tight!.
The Buran was standing in front of the museum and we asked our host on the way out why the Buran was only flown once. He told us the black carbon
tiles on the bottom of the shuttle were laid out in a symmetrical pattern, where as the NASA Shuttle has a jigsaw pattern of tiles with no repeating
patterns. Seems the NASA engineers were pretty smart, because when the Buran re-entered the atmosphere, plasma crept in between some tiles and
softened some structural members but did not cause a catastrophic failure. But with a damaged frame the Buran could never fly again. Below is a link
to the Russian Space Museum's web site, very nice.
Best regards englishrussia.com...
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