Amusing thread. It's like reading the experience of a person who stepped outside of his house for first time and realized that he is not the only one who lives on this planet
Anyway, yea, that autopilot system in Buran was kind of interesting BUT these existed (in one way or the other) for many years before it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopilot
And the amount of money wasted on that Shuttle clone program and related technologies while most of the citizens were staring at empty store shelves or standing in lines for some "rare" shoes/clothes - trust me, there is NOTHING "impressive", "incredible" or positive about that. Been there, seen that, don't want to ever see it again (and don't want my children to see that either) even if it means giving up the technology race to other countries.
Also, that ArsTech's article...
Pretty hilarious read. Especially sentences like this:
"Orbiter OK-2.01 . . . .It was dismantled and sat gathering dust at the Tushina factory near Moscow for years until 2011 when it was reportedly moved to an aviation museum in Germany for restoration. "
These clueless copypasters couldn't even transliterate names properly - it's not "Tushina", it's "Tushino" factory, named after the city of Tushino
. And Unit 2.01 was never moved to Germany.
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