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(idASA-Ta-X-51302) PR3JEC'f EIEFCUAY: T E C R N I C A L I N F O R M A T I C N SUPlEJABY OF f l E F C U R Y - A T L A S klISSION 5/9 ( C A P S U L E NO. (NASA) 1 4 p

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Unclas 37593

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION Space Task Group Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

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TEST OaTECTIVES AND SYSTEMS PRIORITIES Test objectives f o r MA-5/9.- The MA-5/9 mission w i l l be the f i f t h f l i g h t of a specification Mercury capsule t o be powered by an Atlas booster. The capsule w i l l have a medium-sized primate aboard f o r t h i s mission. The capsule, after insertion, w i l l complete three o r b i t s before reentering t h e e a r t h ' s atmosphere and landing i n a predesignated area approximately 689 nautical miles southeast of C a p e Camaveral, Florida.

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(1) Demonstrate t h e performance of t h e Environmental Control System by u t i l i z i n g a primate during the three-orbit mission.
(2) Demonstrate s a t i s f a c t o r y performance of t h e capsule systems throughout a Mercury o r b i t a l mission.

(3) Determine by detailed measurements t h e heating rate and the thermal e f f e c t s throughout t h e Mercury capsule f o r a l l phases of an o r b i t a l mission.

(4) Exercise the s a t e l l i t e clock.
Determine the a b i l i t y of t h e Atlas booster t o release Booster t h e Mercury capsule a t t h e prescribed o r b i t a l i n s e r t i o n conditions. Network - Demonstrate s a t i s f a c t o r y performance of the Mercury N e t work i n supporting an o r b i t a l mission. F l i g h t control - Demonstrate the a b i l i t y of t h e F l i g h t Controllers t o s a t i s f a c t o r i l y monitor and control an o r b i t a l mission. Recoverz Demonstrate the adequacy of the recovery plans f o r an o r b i t a l mission. P a r t i c u l a r emphasis i s required f o r t h e capsule occupant. Second-order t e s t objectives.Booster

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(1) Evaluate t h e performance of t h e Abort Sensing and Implementation System.

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- 2 ( 2 ) Determine t h e magnitude of the sustainer/vernier residual t h r u s t a f t e r cutoff.

( 3 ) Obtain data on the r e p e a t a b i l i t y of the performance of a l l A t l a s missile and ground systems.
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Evaluate Mercury Network countdown and operational proObjeCtiW6.

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Booster Evaluate t h e A t l a s booster with regard t o engine start and p o t e n t i a l causeB f o r combustion i n s t a b i l i t y .

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