176 – The Gemini Programme
Guests: David Woods and David Harland Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Bastian Hundt
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.
Note: If you haven’t listened to to the Apollo episodes (83, 97), we recommend that you do so before listening to this one.
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Introduction of David Woods and David Harland00:09:18
(Gemini - The Owner's Workshop Manual) (OT83 - How Apollo Flew to the Moon) (OT97 - How Apollo Explored the Moon) | The Gemini Program
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
Heatshield | Orbit Attitude and Maneuvering System | Reentry Control System | Adapter Module | Teflon | Velcro | Gemini Agena Target Vehicle | Life Support | Apollo 1
Gemini Guidance Computer01:16:15
Gemini Guidance Computer | Gemini On-Board Computer | Gimbal Lock
Space Rendezvous | Gemini 4 | Gemini 5 | Fuel Cell | Gemini 7
Reentry and Landing01:38:35
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
“programme” – soll das französisch sein?
Siehe hier: http://grammarist.com/spelling/program-programme/
Thanks for another great episode! I’ve read quite a lot about Apollo but for some reason I never really thought about I hadn’t read about Gemini (or Mercury for that matter.)
As an aside, thanks for introducing me to the Space Show podcast. I didn’t know that one.
Excellent show, Markus. I learned a lot about Gemini that I hadn’t known before.
(And I liked your jokes even if no-one else did!)
Do you know of the ‘Space Rocket History’ podcast? If not, I can thoroughly recommend it.
I don’t even remember the jokes :-) Yes, I know SRH. I had mentioned it once on omega tau.
Indeed, very good episode. I discovered Space Rocket History via Markus’ recommendation, and this episode was a good complement to the even more detailed coverage at SRH.
This might be the Titan II staging video mentioned in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBkZNMM_IUg
It shows the second stage engine firing before separation.
Fantastic Episode! I can’t wait for the next time when hopefully both of the guests are on the show again! Thank you very much, David W., David H. and Markus.
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Fantastic episode, thanks for two great guests!
I enjoyed the show very much, Gemini is often overlooked crucial step to the Moon. Glad you dedicated this episode to this program.
Thank you and keep up the great work!
Thanks Andy. By there way, your comment is the first one we receive from an IPv6 address :-)
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Fantastic episode. I really enjoyed listening to this episode while driving to work.
Friend at work shared the podcast with me. I have a long commute so I am always looking for great content. This episode was my first and it was fun to listen to. I grew up on the space coast and actually attended Gemini elementary. I learned a lot of details that I didn’t know about the Gemini program, great show.
I have to admit I downloaded this episode by accident, and what a fortunate accident!
The stories behind Jemini are absolutely fascinating, and your guests do a fine job telling them.
David Harland gave me this link. I was an engineer on Gemini and Apollo and enjoyed listening to this podcast. It brought back many lost memories of my work on Gemini. Looking forward to listening to more of them.