Quick Update
November 25th, 2004

Iíve updated the location information on Buran 2.01 and the flight tester OK-GLI.

From the shifting sands of Bahrain to the green hills of Europe, ĎOK-GLI of Arabiaí finally found a home in an German aviation museum, along with the half-finished on cancellation space rated Buran 2.01. Buran 2.01 had a much shorter journey from Moscow in Russia. Thanks to everyone who emailed the info to me.

On a minor note, the links below from the official constructors Buran web site show Buran 1.02, the second completed orbiter... photographed on the launch pad! (during tests in 1993). I only point it out because a.) photos of the Buran 1.02 are rare and b.) it actually went out to the pad in 1993! Sigh, so close yet so far. With the destruction of the original Buran, Buran 1.02 is now the only fully (well almost fully) completed Buran left:

Pic 1
Pic 2

More CG Goodness
February 4th, 2004

Hereís some more renders Iíve made, these showing a potential Energia-Mars mission launch. Basically took the VRML Energia-Buran and lopped off Buran, replacing it with a cargo pod, textured it all up as well. The first picture shows a launch, the second what an Energia would look like being launched in the US by NASA. Obviously I edited out the Space shuttle and layered in an Energia rocket. Click on a picture for the full version!

The Site is Back!
January 27th, 2004

Well, the web site is back up, totally new look, after a long break. During that time of course, there was the sad news of the hanger collapse at Baikonur, which killed 8 people and destroyed Buran 1.01, the only of the Russian orbiters to fly in space. The Energia mock-up it sat on was destroyed as well.

The site is freshly minted, so it may have a few errors and bugs here and there, but Iíll fix them up in time.

Anyway, look for the forums to come back online soon!

Keep Rovin, Rovin, Rovin!
January 27th, 2004

Now for some good news! Both NASA rovers have landed successfully on Mars, sending back some stunning imagery. All that was missing from the postcards was some astronauts!;) Anyway, the rover Spirit appears to be on the mends as well after some serious hiccups.

R.I.P. Beagle 2, missing in action. Shame the British and the Japanese didnít make it, but then space is no picnic. Good to see ESAís Mars Express snapping some great hi-res shots of Mars from space, and confirming the existence of water!

NASA to the Moon and Mars!
January 27th, 2004

And in other news, President Bush announces a plan to return to the Moon and to go to Mars! Hmmm... Naturally weíve heard talk like this before, and it is an election year, but hopefully this time round it will amount to something, and they need a heavy lift rocket, why not try out Energia! Energia corp has suggested that a mission could be launched for as little as 15 billion! and Energia is by far the cheapest heavy launcher available, and by chance, also a darn good one! More on my Mars pages.

A RENDER OF MINE...
January 27th, 2004

I took the VRML model of the Buran from www.buran.ru and dusted off my 3D app to try and make some CG Ďwhat ifí images of Buran, I threw in some radiosity for spice. Anyway, this is what I came up with, itís render of Buran 1.01 coming into land, being escorted by some Mig-29 chase planes. Overall Iím pretty happy with how it turned out, just click on the picture to download:

Photos/3d models from www.buran.ru.
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