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Gemini 3 in late 1963?
« on: 04/26/2006 02:59 AM »
Without time lost in research and development on paraglider, the first Gemini mission could have flown in late 1963-early 1964?

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RE: Gemini 3 in late 1963?
« Reply #1 on: 04/26/2006 05:47 AM »
There were a few issues with the two unmanned Gemini test flights that flew in April 1964 and January of 1965. Gemini-Titan 1 went OK, but GT-2, a suborbital mission to test the automatic sequencer, Titan II guidance systems, and spacecraft-separation and recovery systems, had to fly next before they would risk a manned flight. And GT-2, as it turned out, had to sit out a couple of hurricanes, got struck by lightning on the pad once, and then had an emergency shutdown one second after ignition when the computers detected a fault with the first-stage engine gimball hydraulics. They had to fix that and then fly GT-2 to get the needed tests and data on the books. When that shutdown happened on the pad, there was no way they could have flown Gemini 3 by the end of 1964 as planned.
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RE: Gemini 3 in late 1963?
« Reply #2 on: 04/26/2006 08:49 PM »
I also seenm to recall that the Titan II's pogo problems were not solved by late 63 early 64... but I'll have to look that one up.

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RE: Gemini 3 in late 1963?
« Reply #3 on: 04/26/2006 09:12 PM »
Found it! And I was only partly correct. The first Titan II to fly with standpipes and accumulators, which solved the pogo problem was missile N-25 launched November 1, 1963. Later launches on 12 December 63 and 15 January 64 confirmed the fix as well as some other issues in the way of man rating of the Titan II (SP4203 Ch. 8-2). Space history trivia... what a blast.

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