ORBITER NAME: PTICHKA ('BURAN' 1.02)
CONSTRUCTION DATE: 1988
SPACE FLIGHTS: SCHEDULED 1992 (FIRST FLIGHT CANCELLED).
CURRENT LOCATION: SITTING ON ENERGIA SUPERBOOSTER - OUTDOORS?
STATUS: IN SECURE STORAGE
PICTURE: Ptichka doors.
PICTURE: Ptichka was the second of the Buran Space Orbiters.
Buran 1.02 was the second of five Buran Space Shuttle's being. Nicknamed 'Ptichka' , which means 'little bird'.
Buran 1.02 was virtually fully completed when the Buran-Energia program's funding was cut. Readiness to takeoff at the beginning of 1993 was evaluated between 95-97%. Only a handful of electronic systems were yet to be installed. She was the only shuttle fitted with life support systems at the time of program cancellation.Her first scheduled flight was in 1993, when she was expected to fly by remote to the Mir space station. This mission never reached fruition. Subsequent missions to Mir were carried out by US Shuttles.
Ptichka, like Buran 1.01, is now the property of Kazakhstan after a space shuttle for credit agreeement (yes it's true!). While photos of her are exceedingly scare, she can nevertheless be easily recognised from Buran 1.01 by the red fixtures along her payload bay doors and her forward tile pattern variations.
Ptichka has always been stored with great care at the Baikonur Space Port in the MIK Building. She may have been moved from this facility, however, as the picture below would seem to indicate she is outside and on an Energia?! (I canít make sense of that, but itís definitely Buran 1.02 in the picture below).
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