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.
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Friday, May 11, 1962 – Survival kit, biological measurements, spacewalk requirements


A two-day meeting on Gemini crew support systems has identified seven parameters to be measured for determining crew conditions during the Gemini flights. The instruments needed for the highest priority items — blood pressure, electrocardiogram, phonocardiogram, electroencephalogram, respiration, galvanic skin response, and body temperature — would require about three and a half pounds per pilot, require two watt-hours of power, and demand the shared use of six telemetry channels. Approved for development, then, are measurements of the electrocardiogram, respiration rate and depth, oral temperature, blood pressure, phonocardiogram, and nuclear radiation dose.
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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.
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Friday, April 13, 1962


A report is being presented today to the Gemini Project Office regarding the abort criteria for the malfunction detection system. The report is presented by Martin-Baltimore and the Air Force Space Systems Division.