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Pad LC-19 (17) 
Titan-II (2) 



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Gemini-II capsule  
Altitude: 171.1 km (92.4nm) 
Inclination: TBD 
Orbits: suborbital 
Duration: 0 Days, 0 hours, 18 min, 16 seconds 
Distance: 3422.4km (1848 nm) 

Mission Objective

Demonstrate reentry heat protection during maximum heating reentry; Demonstrate structural integrity of spacecraft; Demonstrate satisfactory performance of major subsystems; Demonstrate checkout and launch procedures; Evaluate backup guidance steering signals through launch. 

Secondary objectives included: Obtain test results on fuel cell and reactant supply, cryogenics, and communications systems; Demonstrate and further flight-qualify GLV and spacecraft from countdown thru insertion. Train flight controllers and qualify ground communications tracking system. 



January 19, 1965 9:03:59.861 am EST January 19, 1965 9:22:14  Landed at 16deg36m North Latitude and 49deg 46m West in  Atlantic ocean. Miss distance from planned landing point 62.9km.

The Titan II/Gemini launch vehicle had to be dismantled to protect it from 2 hurricanes in August and September of 1964. The 2nd stage of the vehicle was taken down and stored in a hanger on 26 August 1964 in preparation for Hurricane Cleo, but the entire launch vehicle was dismantled and removed from Pad 19 in early September before Hurricane Dora passed over the Cape on September 9th. The Gemini launch vehicle was erected for the final time on Pad 19 on 12 September 1964 

Gemini-II had been scheduled for launch December 9, 1964. On that date the countdown reached zero and the stage one engines were ignited. The launch vehicle's Malfunction Detection System detected technical problems due to a loss of hydraulic pressure and shutdown the engines about one second after ignition.

Mission Highlights

All primary mission objectives were achieved.  All secondary objectives except fuel cell test were achieved.  Fuel cell deactivated before liftoff.


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