Tuesday, April 3, 1962

NASA’s Ames Research Center looks to have a place in the development of Project Gemini. Representatives of Ames, and the Manned Spacecraft Center, and Martin, and McDonnell meet today to discuss the Gemini wind tunnel program and the role Ames will have in it.

Wind tunnel testing is needed to establish much about the Gemini spacecraft’s performance. A six percent scale model of the spacecraft and launch vehicle are to be used to understand loads and launch stability. The exit characteristics of the spacecraft and the reentry characteristics of the reentry module need to be determined. And furthermore the effects of large angles of attack and of retrorocket jets on the booster and the attachment points must be understood.