Gemini Flight Control System Performance during the Second Unmanned Flight 650595

The second Gemini flight provided the first opportunity to evaluate the spacecraft flight system performance in its actual operational environment. The post-flight evaluation proved the adequacy of the system and removed one of the constraints on the subsequent manned flights. This paper presents and discusses the results of that evaluation. The flight control system is briefly described as are the special measures taken to permit operation in an unmanned configuration. The maneuvers required of the system during the mission are described as are the data and analysis procedures utilized. Finally, system performance during each maneuver or stage of the flight is examined and compared with that predicted in pre-flight studies and simulations.


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