One thing I've always been curious about was why Buran located the nose gear so far back compared to the US shuttle.
At this time in 1988, the Soviet Space Shuttle Buran launched on her one and only flight, uncrewed.Overview:https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/11/remembering-buran-shuttles-estranged-soviet-cousin/A clip from one of the several long vids we acquired in L2:
Sorry if this has been answered before, but was a reason ever given as to why Energia was hydrolox powered? I mean, they changed plenty of things from STS, but why was arguably the "worst' part of it, the main stage being hydrolox powered (especially when the USSR had basically no experience with hydrolox engines too) wasn't changed?
There indeed probably was some political justification for why KbKhA got the engine development contract. They definitely didn't come from nowhere.