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Saturday, April 10, 2004
Russians develop unique space plane
According to Ivan Obraztsov, full-time member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and academic supervisor of the Applied Mechanics Institute, Russian experts had designed a cargo-passenger space plane capable of flying at 90-200-km altitudes in the early 1970s; that spacecraft could hurtle along at 30,000 kph. However, that project never took off the ground because of financial snags.
Our calculations show that it would take just 50 minutes to fly from Moscow to New York. A Moscow-Tokyo flight would last 53 minutes; meanwhile it will take 66 minutes to reach Sydney from Moscow, he pointed out.
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