Buran Space Shuttle

An accurate 3D-Model of the Soviet space shuttle “Buran”. The model was created in cooperation with Vadim Lukashevich for the Buran.ru project.
The real Buran project was cancelled before the completion of the spacecraft. The only remains of the project are incomplete prototypes and mock-ups. My task for this 3D model was to create a completed and fully fitted version of the Buran shuttle, based on original plans.

Overview

The outside of Buran is relatively well documented, and I could rely on original plans and photos. Reference material on the design of the interior (like the payload bay and the modules) was very limited. In order to create a convincing model, I put a lot of effort into the design of this areas.

Close-ups

I’ve built the model as detailed as I could. My goal was to create a model, that works in long shots and extreme close-ups.

Modules

In addition to the spacecraft, I also build two modules that were designed for Buran. The grey module is the docking module. The spherical part is connected to the main cabin and contains the airlock. The cylindrical part contains an extendable tunnel and is equipped with an APAS docking system at the top.
The cylindrical module located in the middle of the cargo hold was a prototype for future modules. The module was also equipped with scientific instruments for the test flights of Buran.

Landing Gear

Another important part of the model is the landing gear. The construction of the gear was quite difficult because I had no information on the exact dimensions of its components. I had to find the correct proportions visually, with photos as reference.