• Short Summary

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said today that both stages of the first Gemini Titan II launch vehicle were static fired on Gemini Launch Complex 19 at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

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    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said today that both stages of the first Gemini Titan II launch vehicle were static fired on Gemini Launch Complex 19 at Cape Kennedy, Florida. Both stages produced a combined total thrust of more than half a million pounds, marking an important milestone in the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center's schedule to launch the first unmanned Gemini spacecraft into orbit.

    Charles W. Mathews, the Manned Spacecraft Center's Gemini Program Manager,s aid, "Early indications show the static firing as a success; however, the final report will not be available until after a complete study of the collected data."
    The purpose of today's test was to evaluate the overall Gemini launch vehicle system performance - fueling, countdown, engine start shutdown commands, guidance control, and tolometry; and to verify engine performance via thrust generations, and engine gimballing (directional thrust control to steer the Gemini launch vehicle).

    Each stage was static-fired for 30 seconds, the engines, manufactured by the Aerojet General Corporation, developed the same amount of thrust expected during actual flight - 430,000 pounds by the first stage engines and 100,000 pounds by the second stage engine.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAJLEA7N1S25GHUHNPP9KLOI9K
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJLEA7N1S25GHUHNPP9KLOI9K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:57:00
    Time in/Out:
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    N/A

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