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Mercury-Atlas Mission No. 4-8A (Capsule 8A)

Mercury-Atlas Mission No. 4-8A (Capsule 8A)

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PROJECT
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TEST OBJECTIVES
AND
SYSTEM PRIORITIES
TestobjectivesforMA-U/SA.-The
test
objectivesforthis missionareconcerned with the Mercury capsule systems, the Atlas booster, theMercury network, and capsule recovery. Since this mission will be the
first Mercury-Atlas
launch along
the
Mercury network,
it
will
be
used
to
demonstrate and evaluate the capability of the Mercury network toperform the intended flight control and data collection functions and
to
evaluate the procedures used in performing the
fli'ght
controlfunctions
.
First-order test objectives.-Capsule.-
(1)
Demonstrate
the
integrity
of the
Mercury capsule structure,ablation shield,
and
afterbody shingles
for a
normal reentry.
(2)
Evaluate
the
performance
of the
Mercury capsule systemsfor the entire flight.
(3)
Determine
the
capsule motions during
a
normal reentry.Determine the Mercury capsule vibration environmentduring flight.
(5)
Demonstrate
the
compatibility
of the
Mercury capsule
escape
systems with the Mercury- tlas systems.Booster
. -
(1)
Determine
the
ability
of the
Atlas booster
to
releasetheMercury capsuleat thefree- flight insertion conditions definedby theguidance equations.
(2)
Evaluate
the
closed- oop performance
of the
Abort Sensingand Implementation System.
(3)Evaluatethe
aerodynamic
loading, vibrational
character-istics,
and
structural integrity
of the
Atlas
LOp
boil-off valve,tank dome, capsule adapter,
and
associated structures.

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