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28DL and UE in the News Explorer finds remains of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program- Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Discussion in '28DL and Urban Exploring in the News...' started by purplesmudger, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. purplesmudger

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    Quite a find for this guy! http://www.boredpanda.com/abandoned...-baikonur-cosmodrome-kazakhstan-ralph-mirebs/

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    Ralph Mirebs, an urban explorer and photographer in Russia, has revealed extraordinary photos of Soviet space shuttle prototypes gathering dust in an abandoned hangar in Kazakhstan.

    The abandoned hangar is located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which is still in operation today (with the close of NASA’s shuttle program, Russian Soyuz shuttles are the only way for astronauts to reach the International Space Station). The Buran prototype shuttles found by Mirebs, however, are from an earlier era – they are the last remnants of a space program that began in 1974 and was finally shuttered in 1993. The only operational Buran shuttle, Orbiter 1K1, completed one unmanned orbital flight before it was grounded. Unfortunately, this shuttle was destroyed in a hangar collapse in 2002.
     
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    permission visit... its a live shuttle site!
     
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    Sick as fuck like! Would love to see that place!
     
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    Jumping straight on the next plane to this place!! ;)
     
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    Kicked up a bit of a fuss this didn't it?! I thought that hanger had collapsed in like 2002 or something, obviously there was more than 1! These photos are about 4 years old though aren't they?

    Lots of people have exclaimed how they're going to ''jump on the next plane' to kaz.. Let me know how you get on with the spetsnaz. I'm sure they'll be delighted to see you.

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    We can bribe them with cheap English vodka. They will love that!
     
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    For the love of god, that is unbelievable! The photos on his blog are breathtaking!
     
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    I wonder if they could ever be made to fly,given the money. What's equally as impressive is the size of that hangar they had to build so that it could stand up inside it.

    Dave.
     
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    OMFG! Permission visit or not who gives a rats if you get to see that! And he got inside the damn thing! Just the hanger alone would have been amazing without it's occupants. Oh how I would love to let my Phantom loose in there.
     
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    Absolutely amazing ,
    Its so breathtaking but also
    Fascinating :thumb
     
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    Unlikely, unfortunately.

    From what I can gather, one of them is Orbiter OK-1K2 (AKA "Ptichka") and was never completed. It's anyone's guess how much it's been gutted and had the rot set in since it was abandoned in '93.

    The other is probably a non-flying mock-up used for testing and drills.

    I've have sold internal organs (not mine, obviously) to see this in person. Even knowing what's in there, it must have been incredible when he walked in.
     
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    I thought it very unlikely too. Then again,I wouldn't put it past Putin to have them restored to fly again just so he can crow about getting one over the U.S. in having a working shuttle ; yours to hire for a very large fee in foreign currency of course.

    Dave.
     
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    I wonder how he got into this place. I had a look on google maps and its deep deep inside the Baikonur Cosmodrome, I have no idea how he managed to pull this off. He's posted photos from other hangars too of Energia rockets. Either he knows someone who let him in or this guy has more stealth than James Bond
     
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    I would stay well away,
    you wouldnt want to mess with the Kremlin or Vladimir Putin. :eek:
     
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