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Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« on: April 09, 2006, 09:31:01 am »
A thread for the Tupolev Tu-2000 aerospaceplane and also other VKS contenders.

The Tu-2000A (first two pictures) was to be a 70-90 tonnes demonstrator of the actual SSTO spacecraft.

The third pic shows a model that was displayed at the 1992 Mosaeroshow. I'm still not certain whether it's meant to represent the Tu-2000A or Tu-2000.

The side view resembles lower quality drawings published within the Oryol/FESTIP program around 1994.

Although official funding for the project stopped in 1992, Tupolev OKB seems to be continuing work at slow pace, and a new model and video were exhibited at the Expo 2005 in Japan.

It is interesting to note that the latest version features air intakes for the turbojet engines above the fuselage, as opposed to the 'true' turboramjet installation shown in the side view.

Does anyone have any ideas what the things that look like cavities on the bottom of the curved rear fuselage on the second drawing are meant to represent?

Some relevant links:
http://www.astronautix.com/craft/tu2000.htm
http://www.testpilot.ru/russia/tupolev/2000/2000.htm (in Russian)
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006, 09:43:01 am »
And as a bonus, my own rendering of Tu-2000A...

Usually 3D models are made from top, bottom, front, plus preferably additional cross-sectional drawings. However, all I had was the second drawing above... fortunately the shape of the Tu-2000A is fairly simple.
Unfortunately I'm currently somewhat stuck due to the aforementioned 'cavities'. Thus far I haven't been able to decide what should I put there on my model.  :(

Edit: removed old and inaccurate 3D model image. I'm working on a better one (see my avatar pic) and will post pictures to the Models sub-forum when ready.
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006, 03:43:25 pm »
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006, 02:05:53 am »
Something I'd really like to have would be a front view drawing of the Tu-2000. Making a 3D model without one would involve too much guesswork to get an accurate fuselage shape.

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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2006, 12:25:13 pm »
Tupolev/TzIAM Tu-2000 VKS booklet
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2006, 01:31:06 pm »
Snapshots and link to original promo video from Tupolev's OKB exposition at EXPO 2005
http://www.expo2005.ru/files/video/1TU2000.mp4
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2006, 09:12:31 am »
A new Tu-2000A drawing, from http://paralay.narod.ru/rusgiper.html.

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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2006, 06:01:35 pm »
Model of the latest iteration.
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2006, 10:45:34 am »
Hmm...to my eyes this looks very much the same as the model from 1992 Mosaeroshow above.

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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2006, 07:15:44 pm »
Was this related to the AJAKS/AYAKS program?

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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2006, 10:01:53 pm »
No.
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2006, 03:34:10 am »
Was this related to the AJAKS/AYAKS program?

Good article about ajax in air&cosmos, January 2001 (have to find the exact numero of the magazine, and a scan)
Conservatoire de l'Air et de l'Espace d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux - Mérignac / Dassault aviation museum
http://www.caea.info/en/plan.php

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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2007, 06:35:42 am »
As this thread is for all VKS contenders, there's some info and pics of NPO Energiya proposal at http://www.buran.ru/htm/raks.htm.

Company designation: GK-1??
Wingspan: 23 (32?) m
Length: 67 m
Height: 18 m
Fuselage Width: 8.2 m
Wing Area: 480 m2
Engines: Six variable cycle turboramjets and liquid-propellant rocket engines
Flight deck volume: 24 m3
Cargo hold volume: 620 m3
Propellants:
Liquid hydrogen: 1,200 m3
Liquid Oxygen: 160 m3
Kerosene (RG-1): 80 m3

Now we're only missing the Yakovlev entry...

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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2007, 06:46:41 am »
Bit of a HOTOLski thing going on there :)
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Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2007, 01:49:25 pm »
Original Tupolev's drawings of Tu-2000A demonstrator.
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