Thursday, May 24, 1962 – Parachute testing starts


At the Naval Parachute Facility in El Centro, California, North American completed a successful drop test of the emergency parachute recovery system, using a half-scale test vehicle.

Representatives from McDonnell and the Manned Spacecraft Center have completed a series of 24 meetings, begun on April 19, to negotiate the technical details of McDonnell’s plans to support document Project Gemini. Also discussed were the specifications for Gemini systems and subsystems; the environmental and design criteria for the spacecraft; spacecraft performance specifications; test programs; and the plans for reliability, quality assurance, and validation.

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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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