Project Gemini: technology and operations; a chronology by James M Grimwood; Barton C Hacker; Peter J Vorzimmer

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1. --_'he first illustration o! the Gemini sf_acecraft to be released publicly. " NASA Photo S-62-88, released Jan. 3, 1965. ) PROJECT MERCURY--- PART Manned Spacecraft Center prepared I---CONCEPT AND a Statement DESIGN of Work to be accomplished by Air Force Space Systems Division (SSD) in its role as contractor to NASA for the procurement of Titan II launch vehicles for the Gemini program. The launch vehicle would retain the general aerodynamic shape, basic systems, and propulsion concepts of the missile.

L. Watkins, for Oontract NAS 9-167, Aug. 17, 1963; 8, 19_2 Development ; NAA letter Program, 62MA3530, Phase II-A, Subj Monthly March : Con- Progress Marshall Space Flight Center delivered an Agena procurement schedule (dated March 8) to Gemini Project Office. Air Force Space Systems Division (SSD) was to contract with Lockheed for 11 target vehicles. SSD assigned ,the Gemini 12 Agena target vehicle program to its Ranger Launch Directorate, which was responsible for programs using Agena vehicles.

To be chosen, the applicant must (1) be an experienced jet test pilot and preferably be presently engaged in 39 18 PROJECT 1962 April A CHROI_0LOGY flying high-performance aircraft; (9) have attained experimental flight test status through military service, aircraft industry, or NASA, or must have graduated from a military test pilot school; (3) have earned a degree in the physical or biological sciences or in engineering; (4) be a United States citizen under 35 years of age at the time of selection, six feet or less in height ; and (5) be recommended by his parent organization.

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