Hello! My name is Jan Cumpelik and I live in Czech republic.


“Buran” is my nickname for a long time now.

In czech language it means “hick” or “hillbilly”!


Why the heck would anyone call me that? ;)


Anyway, this word originates in turkish language, and Wikipedia says:

“The Buran (Turkish: Boran), is a wind which blows across eastern Asia, specifically Xinjiang, Siberia, and Kazakhstan. The Buran takes two forms: In summer, it is a hot, dry, wind, whipping up sandstorms; in winter, it is bitterly cold and often accompanied by blizzards. Buran winds are strong and full of ice and snow. The sky is often laden with snow which swirls about and reduces the visibility to near zero at times.”


Buran is also name of former Russian space shuttle program:

“The only orbital launch of Buran occurred at 3:00 UTC on 15 November 1988 from Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 110/37. It was lifted into orbit, on an unmanned mission, by the specially designed Energia rocket. Unlike the NASA Shuttle, which was propelled by a combination of solid boosters and the Shuttle’s own liquid-fuel engines fueled from a large fuel tank, the Energia-Buran system used thrust from the rocket’s four RD-170 liquid oxygen/kerosene engines developed by Valentin Glushko and another four RD-0120 liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engines.

Buran was the first space shuttle to perform an unmanned flight, including landing in fully automatic mode. The Buran automated launch sequence performed as specified, and the Energia rocket lifted the vehicle into a temporary orbit before the orbiter separated as programmed. After boosting itself to a higher orbit and completing two revolutions around the Earth, ODU (engine control system) engines fired automatically to begin the descent into the atmosphere. Exactly 206 minutes into the mission, the Buran orbiter landed, having lost only eight of its 38,000 thermal tiles over the course of the flight. The automated landing took place on a runway at Baikonur Cosmodrome where, despite a lateral wind speed of 61.2 kilometres per hour (38.0 mph), it landed only 3 metres (9.8 ft) laterally and 10 metres (33 ft) longitudinally from the target mark.

On 12 May 2002, a hangar housing Buran collapsed during a massive storm in Kazakhstan, as a result of poor maintenance. The collapse killed eight workers and destroyed the craft as well as a mock-up of an Energia carrier rocket.”


So it means Buran space shuttle was destroyed by Buran storm!

That’s what I call cycle of life :D


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