Buran OK-GLI

Tuesday, 30th January 2007 by

Please note that some or all of the objects mentioned in this post are no longer visible on Google Earth or Google Maps.

Although the Soviet Buran space program only ever achieved in a single orbital flight, we've found a surprising number of space shuttles on Google Earth.

We started with images of a structural test shuttle and then the abandoned follow-up model and today we present the OK-GLI, an aero test model which completed 25 aero test flights and 9 taxi tests.

According to Wikipedia the OK-GLI's post-Soviet life began with a stint as a museum in Sydney before being offered up for auction in Los Angeles and then finally ending up here in Bahrain, wasting away. A German company purchased the shuttle in 2005 but the legal wranglings mean it has yet to be transported away from this scrapyard.

Full list of Buran space vehicles on Wikipedia (Can you find any others?).

Thanks: Chilla