Monday, April 23, 1962 – Malfunction Detection System plan

Martin-Baltimore has submitted to the Air Force Space Systems Divisions a descriptive study and a proposed configuration for the Malfunction Detection System.

This system is intended to monitor the performance of the launch vehicle and its subsystems, and to provide data to the astronauts so that they are informed in case an abort becomes necessary. The decision to abort is to be the astronauts’.

A simulation study conducted by the Chance Vought Corporation of Dallas, Texas, indicates that a manually-initiated abort is both feasible and desirable.