The Soviet reusable spacecraft program Buran ("Бура́н" meaning "Snowstorm" or "Blizzard" in Russian) began in 1974 at TsAGI as a response to the United States Space Shuttle program.The project was the largest and the most expensive in the history of Soviet space exploration. The Buran completed one unmanned spaceflight in 1988 before cancellation of the Soviet shuttle program in 1993.

Buran is somewhat similar to the NASA Space Shuttle, although many features differ.


Mission patch

Buran Carrier
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