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The USS Buran (NCC-57580) was a 24th century Federation Challenger-class starship operated by Starfleet. This was the second Federation ship known to bear the name Buran.

In 2367, the Buran fought the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359. It was destroyed, along with 38 other starships. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

The wreck was later among the vessels found at the Surplus Depot Z15 located in orbit of Qualor II. (TNG: "Unification I")

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The name of this ship was derived from Ed Miarecki, the creator of the design study and filming model of the Buran. [1]

The registry came from the studio model. The Buran was classified as a Challenger-class starship in an internal list of starships, dated September 26, 1990. [2] This information about the ship later appeared in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 109).

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 109), "the Buran was a "kit bashed" study model barely glimpsed among the wreckage of the "graveyard" scene in the episode. The ship was named for the Russian space shuttle, which was in turn named for the Russian word for "snowstorm"."

As with the other kit-bashes for "The Best of Both Worlds", the USS Buran was a one-time use only model and slated to be discarded, but was saved from the dumpster by Visual Effects Coordinator Gary Hutzel, who took the model into his care. [3]

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