- Pad 34 (5)
- Saturn-1B (1)
- AS-201 ()
- 08/14/65 - S-1 Stage ondock at KSC
- 08/14/65 - S-1B Stage ondock at KSC
- 09/18/65 - S-IVB ondock at KSC
- 10/22/65 - S-IU ondock at KSC
- 10/25/65 - Launch Vehicle on Pad
- 12/26/65 - Spacecraft on Pad
- 02/09/66 - Countdown demonstration test
- 02/20/66 - Countdown begins
- 02/26/66 - Launch
- Demonstrate structural integrity and compatibility of launch vehicle
and confirm launch loads (Achieved). Demonstrate separation of first and
second stages of Saturn, LES and boost protective cover from CSM, CSM from
instrument unit/spacecraft/lunar module (LM) adapter, and CM from SM
(Achieved). Verify operations of Saturn propulsion, guidance and control,
and electrical subsystems (Achieved). Verify operation of spacecraft
subsystems and adequacy of heatshield for reentry from low earth orbit
(Partially Achieved). Evaluate emergency detection system in open-loop
configuration (Achieved). Evaluate heatshield ablator at high reentry
rates (Not Achieved due to loss of data during maximum heating). Demonstrate
operation of mission support facilities (Achieved).
- February 26, 1966; 11:12:01 a.m EST. Launch Complex 34, Eastern
Test Range (EST), Cape Canaveral FL. Hold for 3 days due to bad weather
conditions and for a break in subcable to downrange station. Hold for 30
minutes on February 26, 1966 to catch up on LOX loading. Hold for 30 min
to complete liquid-hydrogen loading, which had been delayed by work on a
GSE helium regulator problem. Hold for 78 minutes to complete closeout
of spacecraft. Hold for 66 minutes because of cutoff caused by failure of
helium pressure switch in Saturn 1B ready circuit. Hold for 30 minutes
(during which flight was canceled and then re-instated) for further
information on helium pressure problem. Launch Weight: xxx,xxx lbs.
- Altitude: 303 miles (488 kilometers)
- Inclination: xxx degrees
- Orbits: (suborbital)
- Duration: 0 Days, 0 hours, 36 min, 59 seconds
- Distance: 5264 miles (8472 kilometers)
- February 26, 1966, 11:49 am EST. Splash down in Atlantic Ocean, 8472
kilometers downrange, Impact point 8.18 deg South, 11.15 deg West. Miss
distance 72 kilometers; Recovery by U.S.S. Boxer by 02:20pm EST.
Capsule Landing Weight: xxx,xxx lbs.
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- Both booster and spacecraft performed adequately. From liftoff to
touchdown in the South Atlantic, the mission lasted only 37 minutes.
The spacecraft was recovered two and a half hours after splashdown.
There were several malfunctions, mostly minor. Three were serious.
First, after the service propulsion system fired, it operated
correctly for only 80 seconds. Then the pressure fell 30 percent
because of helium ingestion into the oxidizer chamber. Second, a
fault in the electrical power system caused a loss of steering control,
resulting in a rolling reentry. And, third, flight measurements
during reentry were distorted because of a short circuit.
- (NASA SP-4205 - Chariots for Apollo page 193)
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