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Technical Information Summary of Mercury-Atlas Mission 5-9 (Capsule No. 9)

Technical Information Summary of Mercury-Atlas Mission 5-9 (Capsule No. 9)

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NO.
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Force
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TEST
OaTECTIVES
AND
SYSTEMS
PRIORITIESTest objectives for
MA-5/9.-
The
MA-5/9
mission
will
be
the
fifth flightof
a
specification Mercury capsule to be powered byan
Atlas
booster.The capsule
will
have
a
medium-sized primate aboard for this mission.
The
capsule,
after
insertion,
will
complete three orbits beforereentering
the
earth's atmosphere and landing in
a
predesignated
area
approximately
689
nautical
miles
southeast of
Cape
Camaveral, Florida.Capsule
-
(1)
Demonstrate
the
performance of the Environmental ControlSystem
by
utilizing
a
primate during the three-orbit mission.
(2)
Demonstrate satisfactory performance of the capsule
systems
throughout
a
Mercury orbital mission.
(3)
Determine by detailed measurements the heating
rate
and
the
thermal effects throughout the Mercury capsule for
all
phases
of
an
orbital mission.
(4)
Exercise the satellite clock.Booster
-
Determine the ability of the
Atlas
booster
to
releasethe Mercury capsule
at
the
prescribed orbital insertion conditions.Network
-
Demonstrate satisfactory performance
of
the Mercury
Net-
work
in supporting
an
orbital mission.Flight control
-
Demonstrate the abilityofthe Flight Controllersto satisfactorily monitor and control
an
orbital mission.Recoverz
-
Demonstrate
the
adequacy of the recovery
plans
for
an
orbital mission. Particular emphasis
is
required for the capsuleoccupant.Second-order
test
objectives.-Booster
-
(1)
Evaluate the performance of
the
Abort Sensing and Imple-mentation System.
P
 
-2-
(2)
Determine
the
magnitude ofthesustainer/vernier residualthrust after cutoff.
(3)
Obtain
data
on
the
repeatability of the performance
of
all
Atlas
missile
and
ground
systems.
Network
-
Evaluate
Mercury
Network countdown
and
operational
pro-
cedure
a.
Third-order teat
ObjeCtiW6.
-
Booster
-
Evaluate
the
Atlas
booster
with
regard
to
engine
start
and
potential causeB
for
combustion instability.
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