ORBITER NAME: BURAN 2.01
CONSTRUCTION DATE: 1990?
SPACE FLIGHTS: NONE - CANCELED
CURRENT LOCATION: SINSHEIM, GERMANY
STATUS: MUSEUM DISPLAY?
PICTURE: Buran 2.01
PICTURE: Buran 2.01 at the Tushino Factory, Moscow - 2000.
Buran 2.01 was the third space orbiter under construction when the Buran-Energia program was halted in 1993.
Buran 2.01 is the first of the 'second' series of Burans, these Buran utilised minor tweaks and improvements gained from the flight of Buran 1.01 and construction of Buran 1.02. The notable differences between the second series shuttles and 1.01/1.02 is primarily with regards to improvements made to the cockpit.
Buran 2.01's degree of readiness at the time of cancellation was estimated at between 30-50 percent.
Buran 2.01 spent many a year after the cancellation of the program sitting around at the Tushino factory outside of Moscow gathering dust in her half naked state.
Luckily, however, Recently, Buran 2.01 was moved from the Tushino factory to an aviation museum in Sinsheim, Germany, where no doubt she will be preserved for the ages. It was sadly the furthest trip this shuttle would ever make.
You can see pictures of the Buran 2.01 trip to Germany at the official Buran website here.