Tuesday, May 15, 1962 – Ejection seat in review; rocket catapult contract; new liaison


The first ejection seat design review has been completed. The two-day conference at McDonnell in Saint Louis was attended by representatives of McDonnell, Northrop Ventura (formerly Radioplane), Weber Aircraft, and the Manned Spacecraft Center. This is the first of a series of ejection seat design meetings planned from March 29.

McDonnell awarded a $741,000 subcontract to Rocket Power Inc, of Mesa, Arizona, for the escape system rocket catapult.

Scott H Simpkinson of the Gemini Project Office has taken the Manned Spacecraft Center’s liaison office position at Martin-Baltimore. This position was established by the Manned Spacecraft Center on May 11. Simpkinson is to improve the exchange of information between Manned Spacecraft Center and Martin.

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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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