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Old 06-16-2010, 05:53 AM
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I'm not sure if you can count the payload advantage since the Buran's mass didn't include jet engines.

Most of the pluses for the Russian shuttle actually lie with the Energia Lift System which everyone with any intrest in aeronautics knows is a superior launch system if not a superior design.

I was surprised to see the shuttle was less aerodynamic than the Buran.
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