A Comedy Of Errors Ensues… And You’ll NEVER Guess What They Found, Next
And aggressively spilled onto my Facebook news feed.
|Me after deleting literally the 5,086th post about Soviet space shuttles in the abandoned warehouse.|
|This was all a bit frustrating at the time.|
Buran Isn’t This New Thing; People Have Known About This Since The 1970s
A recent article published onAmericaSpace.com by veteran Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine reporter Craig Covault, one of the original badass military spaceflight writers, declared in its opening sentence: “On March 20, 1978, Aviation Week & Space Technology revealed that the Soviet Union was secretly developing its own reusable space shuttle. The article, complete with details on the Soviet shuttle’s design characteristics, was a scoop picked up by media around the globe.” Do the math, this information came out 37 years prior to any clickbait, and 33 years before Space Hipsters was even an idea.
Anatoly Zak’s excellent Russian Space Web website also details the program’s extensive back history. The Soviets were thinking of developing a space plane as far back as the mid-1960s; this plane, called “Spiral,” would’ve been reusable, and helmed by a two-person crew. However, this program was placed on hold around 1970. Zak’s website stated that by 1976, the Soviets were determined to come up with a response to the United States’ “Shuttle threat” by designing their own version.
Please Stop Asking Me To Write About Buran, I Really Don’t Know That Much About It
Many have asked me to throw my hat in the ring, and write about Buran. WELL HERE’S YOUR DAMN ARTICLE! Seriously, there are other experts out there – many who I have mentioned in this post – who have already pretty much entirely covered the subject with dignity and aplomb, so I have no idea how I could improve upon the subject.
Don’t ask me to write a feature-length article about Buran;
Don’t message me at 3 a.m. asking me to write a feature-length article about Buran;
Don’t CALL me asking me to write a feature-length article about Buran;
If you really need to learn about Buran, RIGHT NOW, please consult the links I’ve embedded within this post;
I secretly think Buran looked pretty cool, but I guess that’s not a secret anymore;
I do appreciate free drinks;
Please again, let me sleep at night, it’s getting to the point where I’m thinking Buran is going to land on top of my Nissan;
- I think that just about covers it.