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Credit - McDonnell Douglas

Manufacturer's Designation: McDonnell-Douglas. Class: Manned. Type: Bailout. Destination: Space Station Orbit. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: McDonnell.

A version of Gemini was proposed for rescue of crews stranded in Earth orbit. This version, launched by a Titan 3C, used a transtage for maneuvering.

The basic Gemini reentry module was extended to 120 inches (3.05 m) diameter to provide a passenger compartment for up to three rescued crew. The same concept would eventually be used for Big Gemini.

Crew Size: 5. Length: 11.00 m (36.00 ft). Maximum Diameter: 3.05 m (10.00 ft). Habitable Volume: 2.55 m3. Mass: 12,300 kg (27,100 lb). Main Engine Thrust: 71.166 kN (15,999 lbf). Main Engine Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. Main Engine Propellants: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). Main Engine Isp: 311 sec. Spacecraft delta v: 2,000 m/s (6,500 ft/sec). Electrical System: Fuel cells.


Bibliography:

  • Advanced Gemini Spacecraft, Briefing, McDonnell Douglas, ca. 1967.


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Gemini Variants
Modest modifications of Gemini proposed by McDonnell Douglas as a follow-on to the basic program (927 x 723 pixel version)....
Credit- McDonnell Douglas
Modest modifications of Gemini proposed by McDonnell Douglas as a follow-on to the basic program (927 x 723 pixel version).