Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Buran Prototype for Sale

Gizmodo reported that a prototype of the Soviet-era shuttle Buran, called the BOR-5, is currently being bidded out online. Starting price is $500,000. So far the highest bid is $98,000.

One-eighth scale of Buran, the BOR-5 weighs 1.4 tons, and is more than 15 feet long and almost 10 feet wide (wingtip to wingtip). First used in 1983, it was used to validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Buran at hypersonic speeds. BOR is the abbreviation for Bezpilotnyy Orbitalnyy Raketoplan (Unmanned Orbital Rocketplane).

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