By Bart Hendrickx

ISBN-10: 0387698485

ISBN-13: 9780387698489

In Energiya-Buran: the Soviet house Shuttle, the authors describe the lengthy improvement course of the Soviet house commute process, inclusive of the Energiya rocket and the Buran orbiter. this system ultimately observed only one unmanned flight in November 1988 ahead of the top of the chilly warfare and the cave in of the Soviet Union sealed its destiny.

After a Foreword supplied by means of lead Buran try out pilot Igor Volk, the authors examine the event progressively gathered in high-speed aeronautics with the advance of varied Soviet rocket planes and intercontinental cruise missiles among the Thirties to Fifties and the research of a number of small spaceplanes within the Nineteen Sixties. subsequent the authors clarify how the perceived army probability of the U.S. area commute ended in the choice in February 1976 to construct a Soviet an identical, and discover the evolution of the layout until eventually it used to be frozen in 1979. Following it is a specific technical description of either Energiya and Buran and a glance at nominal flight situations and emergency events, highlighting similarities and transformations with the U.S. area Shuttle.

The authors then extend at the managerial points of the Energiya-Buran application, sum up the most layout bureaus and construction amenities fascinated by the undertaking and describe the infrastructure had to delivery the and get ready it for release on the Baikonur cosmodrome. They cross directly to aspect the choice and coaching of groups of civilian and armed forces try out pilots for Buran, staff assignments for the 1st manned missions and preparatory flights aboard Soyuz spacecraft.

Next the focal point turns to the huge attempt software that preceded the 1st flight of Buran, significantly the usually trouble-plagued try firings of rocket engines, the 1st flight of Energiya with the enigmatic Polyus payload, try flights of subscale versions and atmospheric procedure and touchdown exams. After an research of Western hypothesis at the Soviet house travel attempt within the pre-glasnost period, a close account is given of ultimate arrangements for the maiden flight of Buran and the undertaking itself.

In the ultimate chapters the authors examine the sluggish loss of life of the undertaking within the early Nineties, the destiny of the Soviet orbiters and their cosmodrome infrastructure, cancelled missions, and the various deliberate derivatives of the Energiya rocket. consciousness can also be paid to technological spin-offs similar to the Zenit and Sea release initiatives and the RD-180 and RD-191 rocket engines. eventually, an outline is given of other spaceplane proposals in the course of and after the Buran period, together with the MAKS air-launched spaceplane, the Kliper spacecraft and numerous single-stage-to-orbit platforms.

The booklet closes off with key necessities of the Energiya-Buran process, brief biographies of the Buran pilots, an in depth checklist of Russian acronyms, a quick bibliographical essay and a close index. dependent principally on Russian assets, it really is richly illustrated with a few 250 images and diagrams.

Although Energiya-Buran used to be essentially a software of unfulfilled offers and shattered goals, it represented a tremendous technological step forward for the Soviet Union and its tale merits to be told.

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In the US winged spacecraft were long seen as the logical culmination of research into high-speed aeronautics conducted since the mid-1940s with air-launched rocketpropelled X-planes. The ®rst phase had seen aircraft such as the X-1, X-2, and 18 The roots of Buran Skyrocket gradually push the envelope from Mach 1 to Mach 3 between 1947 and 1956. Phase 2 had been initiated in late 1954 with the decision to press ahead with the development of the X-15 high-altitude hypersonic research aircraft, which eventually performed a largely successful test program between 1958 and 1969.

Of the two rocket-powered versions only 4302 nr. 2 was eventually ¯own, making one single ¯ight in August 1947 before funds were transferred to another rocket plane project initiated by Mikoyan. 95 and altitudes of up to 18 km. Both planes were to be equipped with modi®ed Dushkin RD-2M-3V dual-chamber engines. Lavochkin's team studied a plane with a radar sight called La-162, but abandoned work on it in late 1946, preferring to fully concentrate their e€orts on jet aircraft. The Mikoyan version was called I-270 and was heavily in¯uenced by the German Me-263-V1 rocket ®ghter, which had been captured by the Red Army and carted o€ to the Soviet Union.

The preliminary design (``draft plan'' in Russian terminology) for the PKA was ocially approved by Tsybin on 17 May 1959 and the following day Korolyov sent a letter to the State Committee of Defense Technology (GKOT, the former Ministry of Armaments) with the request to include the spaceplane in its long-range plans and assign OKB-256 to the project as the lead organization [17]. However, wind tunnel tests conducted at the Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute (TsAGI) showed that the PKA would be exposed to much higher temperatures than expected (up to 1,500 C), requiring signi®cant changes to the heat shield.

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