Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe ABANDONED SPACES
Discover photos of an abandoned launch vehicle at Kazakhstan, Baikonur.
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

The photos were taken by Comdig Urban Exploration Group. They are photographers and explorers based in Russia. The Comdig has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.

Among the endless Kazakh steppe, on the territory of the operating Baikonur cosmodrome, there is an abandoned area with hangars, where a thick layer of dust still covers the projects significant during the Soviet era that made the strongest breakthrough in the history of astronautics.

Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

The premises of the complex are a vertical rectangular structure with hundreds of stairs and other metal structures. Numerous tiers and floors look the same, and, in fact, it is enough to photograph one tier, as all the others look absolutely identical.

Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

Here is the rocket itself, which has been here for more than a dozen years. At one time, the Energia launch vehicle was one of the most powerful in the world, it used cryogenic fuel and belonged to the heavy missiles. Its main function was to deliver the cargo of large masses. It could be used autonomously. Energia was the most important component of the Energia-Buran reusable space transport system. In the 1990s, all work under the Energia-Buran program was stopped and all equipment ready for launch was put on hold. As you can see from the photo — conservation is still going on.

Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

Modification “Energia-M” – the smallest product from the family of missiles developed. Carrying capacity has been reduced three times to 30-35 tons. Its launch was planned in 1994, but it was never carried out due to the loss in the state competition in 1993. At the end of the competition, preference was given to the Angara launch vehicle.

Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe
Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

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Abandoned launch vehicle among the endless steppe

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He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Korean Smart Cities, as well as the 2016 Korea Development Institute, Global Ambassador Award for SD and Innovation
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