Baikonur Russia's largest cosmodrome, the only one used for manned launches and with facilities for the larger Proton, N1, and Energia launch vehicles. The spaceport ended up on foreign soil after the break-up of Soviet Union. The official designations NIIP-5 and GIK-5 are used in official Soviet histories. It was also universally referred to as Tyuratam by both Soviet military staff and engineers, and the US intelligence agencies. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union the Russian Federation has insisted on continued use of the old Soviet 'public' name of Baikonur. In its Kazakh (Kazak) version this is rendered Baykonur. More...
Buran Analog BST-02 taxi test 1 - .
Crew: Stankiavicius; Volk. Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Stankiavicius; Volk. Program: Buran. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft: Buran Analogue. Summary: 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..
Buran Analog BST-02 flight 25 - .
Crew: Stankiavicius; Volk. Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Stankiavicius; Volk. Program: Buran. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft: Buran Analogue. Summary: 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..