Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing
70 km north of Karaganda.
Main objectives of this flight were a complex
testing of all spacecraft systems, which was necessary after the
accident and again a docking
maneuver with an unmanned spacecraft (Soyuz 2).
The closest distance of
both spacecrafts in space was about 180 m, when Georgi
turned over from automatic docking system to a
manual docking. Unfortunately, while he was able to close the gap to only one
meter, three following attempts to dock failed. Eventually, almost all of the
maneuvering fuel was expended and the objective had to be abandoned. Telemetry
analysis has shown Soyuz 3 used 30 kg of propellant during 20 minutes of
maneuvering in the automatic regime during docking, followed by 40 kg consumed
in two minutes of manual maneuvering. Essentially Georgi
was trying to dock the spacecraft upside down. This
was either due to incorrect configuration of the running lights or cosmonaut
error. Soyuz 2 had two continuously illuminated lights on its upper side and
two blinking lights on the lower side. Evidently Georgi
didn't identify these correctly in weightlessness.
Later on, the failure was blamed on Georgi
stayed several more days in space and performed
complex testing of the spaceship systems. Some systems failed. TV broadcasting
was also performed.
The landing was only 10 km far from the target