ORBITER NAME: OK-MT (later became OK-ML-2)
CONSTRUCTION DATE: 1983
SPACE FLIGHTS: NONE (STATIC TEST MODEL)
CURRENT LOCATION: MIK BUILDING, BAIKONUR COSMODROME
STATUS: RETIRED TEST MOCK-UP
PICTURE: OK-MT today sits where OK-M sat prior to her being moved outside.
PICTURE: OK-MT (OK-ML-2) prior to being moved to OK-M interior location (OK-M was hence kicked out to the outdoor safing area).
OK-MT(OK-ML-2) is another one of the static test Burans that ended up a long way from home...
OK-MT can today be found at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the MIK Building along with the second Buran space orbiter 'Ptitcka'.
OK-MT was originally built to be used for technological development and mock-up duties in Moscow. OK-MT was used in development of technical and transport documentation for the spacecraft; working out loading methods for liquids and gases; hermetic system integrity tests; crew entry and exit tests; development of the military operations manuals; development of the fabrication, maintenance, and flight operations manuals.
After this work was completed it was redesignated OK-ML-2 and flown to Baikonur on the 3M-T and used for functional interface tests with the launch vehicle. In the original program plan it would have been expended on the second launch of the Energia booster, burning up in the atmosphere after testing separation from the rocket core. So just like its sister OK-ML-1 (previously OK-M) she managed to escape a fiery end, and today, along with her, sits at Baikonur, though unlike her sister she has a roof over her head.