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What do u mean?
About shuttle transport; if it is, there is no competition in that, because is necessity, when we are talking about adaptation, nobody is copying nobody, it is how each country adapts to the technology, if not how do u think u can deliver a machine like that by air?
By the way, 😉 cool aircraft!!
The An-225 looks just like the C-17 with a bigger wingspan and another 2 engines. With the Shuttle the Russians copied the United States. The Russians "Space Program" or lack there of failed because of the economy and it truly didn't have a space program. It was run by the Air Force. The Shuttle was copied from nose to tail by the Russians. Just as the B-29 Superfortress back at the start of the cold war.
If you are talking about shuttle transport, then I am not sure. The US probably had the first shuttle transport.