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- n. Plural form of ekranoplan.
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The Aerosleds developed into bigger and more complex vehicles eventually leading to the development of ekranoplans, but they started out small and simple, like the Snow Glider.
During the Cold War, ekranoplans were sighted for years on the Caspian Sea as huge, fast-moving objects.
Cross-pollinate a Shuttle program with Russian obsession with ekranoplans (see proof of this obsession here) - and what would you get?
These concepts were created in hopes to use Earth's oceans for launchings into space: keep in mind that launching from equator allows for 1.7 - 2 times heavier payload. project is already in full operation (facilitating a vertical launch), however for the Shuttle-like spaceships horizontal launches and landings, Russian engineers propose the use of heavy ekranoplans ...