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Gemini I Press Kit

Gemini I Press Kit

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Published by Bob Andrepont
NASA press kit for first unmanned Gemini mission
NASA press kit for first unmanned Gemini mission

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NEVWS
RELEASE
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
A
400
MARYLAND
AVENUE,
SW,
WASHINGTON,
D.
C.
20546
TELEPHONES: WORTH
2-4155
--------
WORTH3-6925
FOR
RELEASE:
THURSDAY
AM's
April
2,
1964
RELEASE NO:
64-70
FIRST
GEMINI
ORBITAL
FLIGHT
SCHEDULED
The
National
Aeronautics
and
Space
Administration
will
begin
the£light
phase
of
a
new
manned
space
flight
program
with the
launch
of
an
unmanned
Gemini capsule
no
earlierthan
Apr.
7
from
CapeKennedy,
Fla.
Gemini
is
a
bridge between
the
Mercury
program,
whichwas
completed May
'.6,
963
with
the
22-orbit flight
by
Astronaut
L.
Gordon
Cooper,
and
the
Apollo manned
lunarlanding
missionscheduled
in this decade.
Gemini
is
a
two-man
spacecraftcapable
of
Earth-crbital
flights
of as
long
as
two
weeks.
It
also
will be
used
in
development
of
space
renedzvousand docking techniques.
-more-
.3/30/
'4
 
AI
-2-
The
upcomingunmanned
flight,
designated
Gemini-TitanI
(GT-l),
is
a
test
of
the
Titan
II
(GLV)
launchvehicle
system,
Gemini
spacecraft
structural
integrity
and
spacecraft-launch
vehicle
compatibility.
Thespacecraftwillbeequippedwithinstrumentation,communicatiin,electricalandcoolant
systems.
IV
will
notbe
separated
from
the
second
stage
of
the
Titan
II;
the
twocomponents
willorbit
as
a
singlevehicle.No
recovery
is
planneQ.
Orbital
life
of
the
vehicle
is
difficult
to
predict
but
it
will
rangefromhours
toaslong
as
three
weeks.
Flight
PlanGT-lwilltakeoff
fromLaunchComplex
19,
CapeKennedy,
Fla.,at
anazimuth
of
72degrees.
The
combined
CGamini
cap-sule
andsecond
stage
of
the
Titan
I1
willbe
placed
into
an
elliptical
orbitwithan
apogee
of
about
183
milesand
a
per-
igee
of
about
99 miles.
It
willbe
trackedby
NASA's
world-
wide
network
of
trackingstations
untilthe
electricalpower
of
boai-d
the
spacecraft
is
depleted
aboutthe
end
of
the first
orbit.
Networkstations
participating
are
at
Cape
Kennedy;
Bermuda;
Australia;
PointArguello,
Calif.;
WhiteSands,N.M.;
andEglinAirForce
Base,
Fola.
-mtore-
 
ObjectivesPrimaryobjectives
of
GT-1
are
to:
--
Demonst:-ate
structural
compatability
of
spacecraftandlaunchvehiclefromlift-off
through
orbitalinsertion.
--
Determinelaunch
heating
conditions
on
both
space-
craft
and
launc>
vehicle.
--
Demonstrate
lau.,ch
veh-iicle
performanceand qualify
the
vehiclesubsystems
for
future
flights.
--
Demonstratestructural
integrity
of
spacecraftfromlaunch
through
orbital
insertion.
--
Demonstrate
ability
ofthe
launchvehicleandgroundguidance
systemsto
accurately
achieveorbital
insertion
con-
ditions.
--
Monitor
launchvehicleflightcontrolsystemswitch-overcircuits
(from
primary
tosecondaryprograms)for
an
evaluation
of
their
sufficiency
for
mission
requirements.
An
inertialguidancesystem
will
be
used
in
the
spacecraft
in
laterGeminimissions.
--
Demonstrate
Malfunction
DetectionSystem
(MDS),
a
wcarning
to
alert
astronauts
of
impending
failures.-more-

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