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Technical Information Summary for MA-6

Technical Information Summary for MA-6

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TESTOBJECTIVESTestobjectivesforMA-6/13.-TheMA-6/15missionwillbethesixthflightofaspecificationMercuryspacecrafttobepoweredbyanAtlasbooster.Thespacecraftwillbeoccupiedbyanastronaut.Thespace-craft,afterinsertion,willcompletethreeorbitsbeforereenteringtheearth'satmosphereandlandinginapredesignatedareaapproxi-mately700nauticalmilessoutheastofCapeCanaveral,Florida.First-ordertestobOectives.-(a)Evaluatetheperformanceofaman-spacecraftsysteminathree-orbitmission(b)Evaluatetheeffectsofspaceflightontheastronaut(c)Obtaintheastronaut'sopinionsoftheoperationalsuita-bilityofthespacecraftandsupportingsystemsformannedspaceflightFLIGHTACTIVITIESGeneral.-Oneoftheobjectivesofthefirstmannedorbitalflightwillbedetailedreportingofspacecraftsystemsoperations.Inaddition,theastronautwillperformmanyflightmaneuversusingthemanualproportionalandfly-by-wiresystemstodeterminehisabilitytocontrolthespacecraftundervaryingconditionsofattitudesandhisabilitytorecoverfromanonstandardattitudemaneuver.Additionalobjectiveswillbetomakevisualobservations,andtoreportonhisphysicalcondition.Launchphase.-Duringthelaunchphase,theastronautwillmakeperiodicreportsonspacecraftsystemsstatusandlaunchphaseeventsastheyoccur.Orbitphase.-Allgroundstationswillreceivetelemetryfromthespacecraftwhichwillindicatetheconditionofboththespacecraftandastronaut.Inaddition,thevoicesiteswillhavetalkcapa-bilitytodiscussoperationswiththeastronautandrelayanypertinentinformationbacktotheMercuryControlCenter.At30-minuteintervalsduringtheorbitphase,theastronautwillmakeacompletereportonhisphysicalconditionandthestatusof
 
-2-thespacecraft.Observationswillbemadebytheastronautofcloudformations,weatherconditions,landmarks,sunrisesandsunsets,visibilityofstars,nightvisibilityofcities,etc.Theastronautwilleattwomealsduringthemissionandanychangesintasteandsmellsensationwillbenoted.Threeprimarymaneuversareplanned,(oneinthesecondorbitandtwointhethirdorbit),whereinratesaboutallaxesareinitiatedandrecoveryismadeusingeitherthemar_alproportionalorfly-by-wirecontrolmode.Acombinedyaw-rollmaneuverwillbemadetoobservesunrise.Alsoduringtheorbitphase,briefmaneuverswillbemadeusingdayandnighthorizons,landmarks,andstarsasreferences.Aperiodofinvertedflightisplannedtodetermineeffectofreplacementofearthandskyondisorientation.
Reentryphase.-Attheendofthethirdorbit,theretrorocketswillbefiredbytheonboardclockwiththeastronautandCaliforniagroundstationasbackup.Fromthispointon,thesequenceofeventswillbeautomaticwiththeastronautobservingthesequenceandprovidingmanualoverrideifrequired.

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