In an answer to this question Are the US shuttle and Buran the only space planes to have launched vertically with wings exposed? Schlusstein mentioned the proposed MAKS system, which was new to me.

enter image description here (image by By Titutik at Russian Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29868251)

It sounds pretty interesting but I'm having trouble visualizing how this sat on/was carried by the Antonov 225 carrier plane. Is there any concept art or photos of how the mated vehicles looked? My google search has been fruitless - maybe I need some Russian terms.

  • $\begingroup$ Look to buran.ru - very good site about all space systems with wings $\endgroup$ – Pavel Bernshtam Mar 20 '17 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ Almost looks like a launch vehicle for a whale, weird. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Aug 12 '18 at 21:03

Here you go:


and another drawing:

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow, thanks. That really shows how tiny the orbiter is. (except for that bottom one) $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Mar 20 '17 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble Makes you realize how big the Shuttle/Buran were compared to most spaceplane concepts. $\endgroup$ – DylanSp Mar 20 '17 at 16:43

There are quite a few drawings in the first link


Related development: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-105





BOR-4 (related development):

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