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.