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.

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Author: Project Gemini Chronology

The Project Gemini Chronology is drawn from multiple sources, but most heavily from NASA's Special Publication-4002, Project Gemini Technology and Operations: A Chronology, prepared by James M Grimwood and Barton C Hacker, with Peter J Vorzimmer. Other chronologies will be used where fitting, such as (particularly) those for Project Mercury and Project Apollo.

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