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Mercury Redstone Mission 1A (Capsule No. 2)

Mercury Redstone Mission 1A (Capsule No. 2)

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PROJECT
MERCURY
,'
MERCURY-REDSTOHE
MISSION
NO- IA
(Capsule
Ho. 2)
SPACETASK
GROUP
Langiey
Field,
Va.
^(NASA-TM-X-50847)
PROJECT
MERCURY:
MERCURY
REDSTONE
MISSION
1A
(C&PSOLE
NO.
2)
Technical
Information
Summary
(NASA)
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December
16,
1960
IHTRODUCTIOH
The Mercury-Redstone
(MR)
IA flight test is one of a series involving
Mercury
production capsulesandRedstone boosters. These boosters have
been
modified
to
suit
the
requirements
of the
Mercury program. Figure
Ho-
1 is a sketch of the Mercury capsule Ho. 2 and the booster.
The
overall
goal
of the
Mercury-Redstone program
is to
qualify
the
capsule
and
capsule"systems
in a
space-environmentx^nd7tp'"train~the""
astronauts
by subjecting them to a brief period of weightlessnemr in a
space
environment.Anattemptwasmadetolaunch
MR-1
onHovember21,
1960.
As aresult
of
damage
to the
booster
in
this attempt,
the
booster previously
planned
for the
MR-3
ission
is now
being used
for the
MR-IA flight.
Asa
result
of the
attempted launch
of
MR-1,
odifications have been made
to
the
capsule sequential system.
The
test objectives
for
this flight
are as
follows:
.
1.
Qualify
the 'capsule-booster combination during boost phase
of
flight designed
to
give
a
mflytnmrn
deceleration load factor
of llg
and
a period of weightlessness of approximately 5 minutes.
2.
Qualify
the
capsule during reentry
at a
™py1"ngn
decelerationload factor of
llg.
3-
Qualify
the
posigrade rockets that effect capsule-boosterseparation.
If.
Qualify
the
capsule recovery system,
(it is
mandatory
to
recover the
capsule.)
5-
Qualify
the
launch,
tracking,
and
recovery phases
of
operation-
*
6-
Qualify
in
part
the
attitude control system
and
associatedcomponents.
1-
Qualify
the
retrorockets after
a
brief period
of
weightlessflight in a space environment•8. Open loop evaluation of booster abort sensing system.The flight plan (figure
3)
defines
a
ballistic trajectory having
a
range
of
approximately
188
nautical miles,
a
mgyimum
altitude
of
approx-imately
IIJ.O
nautical miles, and approximately a 5-minute period ofweightlessness.

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