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Surveyor a Press Kit

Surveyor a Press Kit

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NASA press kit for Surveyor 1 mission
NASA press kit for Surveyor 1 mission

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AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
TELS
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WASHINCGTON
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20546
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FOR
RELEASE:
THURSDAY
P.M.
'p
May
26,
1966
RELEASE
NO:
66-127
N
APROJECT:
SURVEYOR
A
R
t(To
be
launched
no
earlierthanMay
30,
1966)
CONTENTS
GENERALRELEASE-----------------------------------1-4SURVEYOR
A
SPACECRAFT----------------------------5-17
Frame,
Mechanisms
and
Thermal
Control--------5-8
Power
Subsystem------------------------------8-10
Telecommunications---------------------------
11-12
Propulsion-----------------------------------12
Flight Control
Subsystem---------------------13-14
Television----------------------------------15-16
EngineeringInstrumentation------------------16-17ATLAS-CENTAUR
(AC-10)
LAUNCHVEHICLE--------------18-22
Pre-flight
Checkout--------------------------20-21
CentaurFlight
History-----------------------21-22ATLAS-CENTAUR
FACT
SHEET--------------------------23ATLAS-CENTAURFLIGHTSEQUENCE---------------------24SURVEYOR
FLIGHT
PROFILE---------------------------25SURVEYORTRAJECTORIES
TO
THE
MOON-----------------26
TRACKING
AND
COMMUNICATION------------------------27-28
TRAJECTORY---------------------------------------28-32
SURVEYOR
A
FLIGHT
MISSION-------------------------32-40
F
-AtlasPhase
---------------------------------
32
Centaur
Phase---------------------------------32-33
Initial
Suiveyor
Phase----------------------33-34
Canopus
Acquisition-------------------------3
-35
*MidcourseManeuver--------------------------
5-37
TerminalSequence----------------------------37-39Post-landingEvents--------------------------39-40ATLAS-CENTAURANDSURVEYORTEAMS------------------41-42
MAJOR
SUBCONTRACTORS------------------------------43-47
CHARACTERISTIC
AC-10
LUNAR
INJECTION
PARAMETERS
(Fold
out)
-more-
 
I
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATIONWO
2-4155
N
A
NA
WASHINGTON,
D.C.
20546
TELS.
WQ
3-6925
FOR
RELEASE:
THURSDAY
P.M.
MAY
26,
1966
RELEASE
NO:
66-127
FIRSTSURVEYORTESTMISSION
SET
FOR
MAY
30
The
United
States
is
preparing
to
launch
thefirst
engineering
test
flight
in
a
series
of
Surveyormissionsdesigned
to
achieve
a
soft-landing
on
the Moon.
The firstspacecraft
--
Surveyor
A
--
is
scheduled
for
launch
by
the
NationalAeronautics
andSpace
Administrationfrom
Cape
Kennedy
no
earlier
than
May
30.
The launchvehicle
willbe
the
Atlas-Centaur
(AC-10)
which
will be
making
its
firstoperational
flight.
From
launch
to
touchdown
on
the
lunar
surface,the
flight
Lo
expected
to
take61
to
65
hours.
Later
spacecraft
in
the
Surveyor
series
willhave
the
mission
objectives
of
gathering
lunar surface
informationneeded
for
the
Apollomanned
lunarlandingprogram.-more-
5/20/66
 
-2-
Primary
objectives
of
Surveyor
A:
-
demonstrate
the
capability
of the
Atlas-Centaur
10
launchvehicle
to
inject
the
Surveyor
spacecraft
sucessfully
on
a
lunar-intercept
trajectory,
-
demonstrate
the
capability
of
the
Surveyorspacecraft
to
perform
svccessful
midcourseand
terminalmaneuvers,and
a
softlandingon
the
Mooi,
and
-
demonstrate
the
capability
of
the
Surveyor
communications
system
and
the
Deep
Space
Network
to
maintain
communi-cations
with
the
spacecraft
during
its flight
and after
the softlanding.
Surveyor
will
carry
a
single scanning
television
camera
which
is
designed
to
photograph
the
Moon'ssurface
and
the
crushable
padson
two
of
the
landing
legs
to
determine howdeeply
the
pads
have
penetrated
the
lunar
surface.
A
successful
mission
will prove
the
concept
of
a
space-craft capable
of
automaticallydeceleratingfrom6,000 miles
per
hour
to
a
touchdown
speedof
about
three
and one-half
miles
per
hour
and functioningin
the
intense heat
ofthe
lunar
day.
Toaccomplish
the
critical terminal
descent
and
softlanding,
Surveyor
is
equipped with
a
solid
propellant
retro-
rocket
and
three
throttleableliquid fuel
vernier
engines,
a
flightprogrammer
andanalog
computer,
andradars
to
determine
altitude
and rate
of
descent.
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