Docked with Salyut 7. Transported a crew comprising ship's commander V A Dzhanibekov, flight engineer S E Savitskaya and cosmonaut-research I P Volk to the Salyut-7 orbital station to conduct scientific and technical studies and experiments. Recovered July 29, 1984 12:55 GMT.
Maximum speed 45 kph. Time 5 minutes. Thereafter to PRSO test stand for full-scale equipment tests; then to PDST pilot-dynamics test stand for further tests.
Maximum speed 200 kph. Time 14 minutes.
Maximum speed 270 kph. Time 12 minutes.
Maximum speed 300 kph.
Maximum speed 480 kph. Maximum altitude 1500 m. Time 12 minutes.
Maximum speed 170 kph. Time 12 minutes.
Maximum speed 520 kph. Maximum altitude 3000 m. Time 36 minutes.
Maximum speed 540 kph. Maximum altitude 4000 m. Time 23 minutes.
Maximum speed 530 kph. Maximum altitude 4000 m. Time 22 minutes.
First automatic landing from 4000 m altitude. Time 24 minutes.
Time 17 minutes.
Time 28 minutes.
Time 19 minutes.
Time 19 minutes.
Automatic landing. Time 21 minutes.
Time 32 minutes.
Time 19 minutes. Final Buran Analog flight test. At the same time development of the auto-land system aboard the Tu-154 test bed is completed as well.
Buran Flight 5 (3K1) would have been the first flight of the third orbiter. It would be the first manned Buran flight; the third orbiter was the first outfitted with life support systems and ejection seats. Two cosmonauts would deliver the 37KBI module to Mir, using the Buran manipulator arm to dock it to the station's Kristall module. Final crew selection had still not been made at the time the program was cancelled. The original crew was Volk and Stankiavicius, with Levchenko and Shchukin as back-ups. Both Levchenko and Shchukin died in 1988; Bachurin and Borodai were selected as the new back-up crew. By July 1992 the Soviet Air Force and NPO Energia were still arguing about the final crew composition. The Air Force wanted all test pilot crews (those indicated) while Energia wanted to include a flight engineer in each crew. The Buran project was finally cancelled in June 1993 when further funding was deleted from the Russian space budget.