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Another element was taken up unofficially by the Americans, the BOR shuttle. Yes, espionage went both ways at the time, we often forget! NASA will study the shape of the shuttle for a long time before making its work public.
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Alex Jay Brady Jan 10
Replying to @Nick_Stevens_Gr
Is that real!!??
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Closer To Space Jan 10
Yes, and it then became the Dream Chaser!
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The High Frontier Jan 10
Worth adding that Soviet designers were almost certainly well briefed on NASA programs including lifting body work at + . The book Space Wings shows an early unflown BOR design strongly resembling the HL-10. Lots of cross-pollination led to Dream Chaser
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Samuel Benjamin Jan 10
Still considering the story of BOR-4 to HL-20 to Dream Chaser as my next nonfiction project. Fascinating story.
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Josh Anderson Jan 10
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Didn’t they test one or two of these that successfully went into space and back only to be lost at sea and or one recovered?
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Kanat Iliasov Jan 10
one of the BOR's was used to test the thermal tiles later used in Buran orbiter (otherwise known as Spiral program) when it landed in Indian Ocean and Australian jets were scrambled to ID the contact. They got some photos while Soviet were recovering the object
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Josef Schugt Jan 10
Replying to @Nick_Stevens_Gr
A Québécois style tweet 😋
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Space Gooose Jan 10
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Totally a portal to another universe.
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