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Family: Miscellany. Country: USA.

Suborbital. Unmanned Project Mercury spacecraft launched by modified Redstone booster (MR-1) in a suborbital trajectory, impacting 235 miles downrange after reaching an altitude of 135 miles and a speed of near 4,200 mph. Capsule was recovered about 50 minutes after firing.The objective was to qualify the spacecraft for a primate flight scheduled shortly thereafter. Apart from the launch vehicle cutoff velocity being slightly higher than normal, all flight sequences were satisfactory.


Specifications


Redstone Mercury Chronology


1958 Oct 6 -
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1960 Aug 3 -
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1960 Oct 18 -
1960 Nov 21 -
1960 Nov 21 - - 14:00 GMT. LV Configuration: Redstone s/n RS/MR-1. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC05. FAILURE: Engine cut off after 1 sec, vehicle fell back to the pad from a few centimeters height,but did not explode. This faulty ground-support circuitry had not been noted on some 60 previous Redstone firings.
1960 Dec 3 -
1960 Dec 9 -
1960 Dec 19 -
1960 Dec 20 -
1961 Jan 16 -
1961 Jan 31 - - 16:55 GMT. LV Configuration: Redstone s/n RS/MR-2. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC05.
1961 Feb 10 -
1961 Mar 7 -
1961 Mar 7 -
1961 Mar 24 - - 17:30 GMT. LV Configuration: Redstone s/n RS/CC/MR-5. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC05.
1961 Mar 30 -
1961 Apr 4 -
1961 Apr 20 -
1961 Apr 28 -
1961 May 1 -
1961 May 2 -
1961 May 5 - - 14:34 GMT. LV Configuration: Redstone s/n RS/CC/MR-7. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC05.
1961 May 9 -
1961 Jun 12 -
1961 Jun 22 -
1961 Jun 22 -
1961 Jul 13 -
1961 Jul 13 -
1961 Jul 19 -
1961 Jul 21 - - 12:20 GMT. LV Configuration: Redstone RS/CC/MR-8. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC05.
1961 Aug 18 -
1961 Aug 30 -
1961 Oct 23 -

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