Did you know Russia once built a space shuttle using plans obtained from the USA? You might enjoy the video below.
DarkDocs is a new narrated documentary video from Dark5 taking an in-depth look at at some of the most mysterious stories on Earth. This week: Why did Russia Abandon a Space Shuttle in the Desert? Some experts believe Russia may have built the most sophisticated spaceship to ever fly, but it sat for years lost in the desert after only one launch. How did these Soviet Space shuttle clone top its NASA American counterpart, and why did it never fly with its Energia rocket again?
According to the documentary, the Buran, engineered to military grade standards, had, itself, no main engines. It was essentially a space glider and unlike the US Space Shuttle, it had an autopilot that successfully landed it on its one and only test flight before 1993. After an accident destroyed the working shuttle, only two partially finished models remain from the project today.