Russian shuttle Buran & An-225 carrier flying

Russian shuttle Buran & An-225 carrier flying

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Caption: Piggy-back flight, Soviet-stlye. An Antonov An-225 cargo aircraft carrying the 'Buran' space shuttle during a test flight. The An-225, called "Mryia" (Ukrainian for 'dream'), is the world's largest aircraft, with a payload capacity of 200 tonnes. It was developed partly to support the 'Buran' shuttle programme, ferrying the shuttle from its reserve landing sites at Vladivostok (far east coast) and Simferopol (Crimea) to the launch site at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The US Space Shuttle programme uses a modified Boeing 747 airliner for the same purpose. 'Buran' made its only space flight in 1988; the project was subsequently cancelled on cost grounds.

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Keywords: aircraft, antonov an-225, buran, carrier, cis, ferry flight, flight, flying, manned spaceflight, novosti, program, programme, russian, shuttle, soviet, space, space shuttle

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