Wednesday, April 25, 1962 – Studebaker to build heat shields


The CTL Division of the Studebaker Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio, has received a subcontract form McDonnell to provide a pair of backup heatshields for the Gemini spacecraft. The contract is for $457,875.

The CTL Division heatshields are to be similar in material and in make to those used for Project Mercury. These heatshields are to be used only if a new shield being developed turns out to not be usable.

Research done by McDonnell, in contracts with Vidya Inc of Palo Alto, California and the Chicago Midway Laboratories, has developed four promising new potential advanced heatshield materials.

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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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