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<!--BEGIN SPECIFICATIONS--> Buran Orbiter Specifications Primary Function: Orbiter Vehicle (Russian) Contractor: Korolev Crew: Optimum crew of 4; maximum crew of 10 Unit Cost: Launch vehicle development approx. $39 million US Powerplant Lox/Kerosene fueled Energia rocket engine (cluster) rated at 7,898,861 pounds of thrust overall Dimensions Length: 119 ft Wingspan: 78.48 ft Height: 53.64 ft (w/ gear) Weights Empty: 92,610 lb (42,000 kg) -- total structure Max. payload weight: 66,150 lb (30,000 kg) Performance Speed: Around Mach 25 Ceiling: N/A Range: N/A Armament N/A <!--END SPECIFICATIONS--> <!--BEGIN ACHIEVEMENTS--> Buran Orbiter Achievements The Buran was the first reusable manned space vehicle in Russia. The Buran can put up to 30 tons of payload into space and return up to 20 tons to Earth. The Buran was the first spaceplane to automatically land. The Energia engines can launch 120 tons into orbit as opposed to 30 tons for the Space Shuttle. <!--END ACHIEVEMENTS--> <!--BEGIN FEATURES--> <!-- Buran Orbiter Features --> <!--END FEATURES--> <!--BEGIN BACKGROUND--> <!-- Buran Orbiter Background --> <!--END BACKGROUND-->
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