176 – The Gemini Programme
The Gemini programme of the mid-sixties is relatively unknown, even though it was an important stepping stone in the Apollo moon programme: Gemini is where NASA learned to fly in space. In this episode we cover Gemini with our two guests David Woods (who has been on the show talking about Apollo) and David Harland. Together they wrote a book on Gemini that serves as the rough outline of this conversation. We talk about the Gemini spacecraft itself, the launch vehicles, some of the achievements and learnings of the programme as well as some of the specifics of some of the missions.
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Introduction of David Woods and David Harland00:09:18
Overview of the Gemini Program00:12:35
Project Mercury | Apollo Program | Gemini Spacecraft | Atmospheric Entry | Launch Escape System | Space Rendevous and Docking | Extravehicular Activity | Gemini Ejection Seat | Service Propulsion Engine
Gemini Launch Vehicle00:27:49
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) | Redstone Rocket Family | Atlas Family | Liquid Oxygen (LOX) | Titan Rocket Family | Titan II GLV | Hypergolic Propellant | Hydrazine | Turbo-Pumps | Cavitation | Human-rating certification | Pogo-Oscillations | Zero/Zero-Capability | Titan Launch Vehicle Engine | Combustion Chamber | F1-Engine | "Fast Elevator to Orbit"
The Gemini Spacecraft00:47:00
Gemini 9 | Astronaut Maneuvering Unit | Canadarm | Manned Maneuvering Unit | Blue Gemini | Project Pilgrim | The Martian | How NASA learned to fly in space | NASA Gemini 1965-1966, Owners' Workshop Manual