AIR-GROUND COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MA-6 FLIGHT

CANAVERAL (REENTRY)-Continued

04 47 15

1.2

CC

. . . How do you read? Over.

04 47 16

1.5

P

Loud and clear; how me?

04 47 19

1.6

CC

Roger. reading you loud and clear. How are you doing?

04 47 22

1.0

P

Oh, pretty good.

04 47 26

3.8

CC

Roger. Your impact point is within 1 mile of the up-range destroyer,

04 47 30

0.5

P

Roger.

04 47 31

0.2

CC

. . . Over.

04 47 32

0.3

P

Roger.

04 47 40

3.4

CC

This is Cape, estimating 04 50. Over.

04 47 44

1.5

P

Roger, 04 50.

04 47 49

1.6

P

Okay, we're through the peak g now.

04 47 51

4.0

CC

Seven, this is Cape. What's your general condition? Are you feeling pretty well?

04 47 55

2.8

P

My condition is good, but that was a real fireball, boy.

04 48 01

3.2

P

I had great chunks of that retropack breaking off all the way through.

04 48 04

2.1

CC

Very good; it did break off, is that correct?

04 48 07

3.4

P

Roger. Altimeter off the peg indicating 80,000.

04 48 11

1.7

CC

Roger, reading you loud and clear.

04 48 13

0.3

P

Roger.

04 48 19

6.7

CC

Seven, this is Cape. You're will be within 1 mile of the up-range destroyer. Recovery weather is very good. Over.

04 48 26

5.0

P

Roger, understand. 55,000, standby, MARK.

04 48 37

3.3

P

I'm getting all kinds of contrails and stuff outside out here.

04 48 42

2.7

CC

Roger. Say again your altitude, please. You were broken up.

04 48 45

0.3

P

45,000.

04 48 51

3.7

P

Rocking quite a bit. I may still have some of that pack on. I can't damp it either.


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CANAVERAL (REENTRY)-Continued

04 49 00

2.0

CC

. . . post reentry check list. Over.

04 49 12

4.2

P

Friendship Seven. Going to drogue early. Rocking fairly, drogue came out.

04 49 18

0.8

P

Drogue is out.

04 49 20

4.0

P

Roger, drogue came out at 30,000, at about a 90° yaw.

04 49 25

1.6

CC

Roger, is the drogue holding all right?

04 49 27

1.1

P

Roger, the drogue looks good.

04 49 29

0.4

CC

Roger.

04 49 31

1.6

P

Scope did not come out.

04 49 32

1.0

CC

. . . check list.

04 49 34

1.5

P

Roger, pumping the scope out.

04 49 36

1.2

CC

. . . check list. Over.

04 49 38

0.5

P

Say again.

04 49 42

3.6

P

Roger, reentry checklist complete. Standing by for main at ten [thousand feet].

04 49 47

0.4

CC

Roger.

04 50 00

2.2

P

Coming down on ten [thousand feet], snorkels are open.

04 50 04

1.8

CC

Roger, understand snorkels open.

04 50 07

0.5

P

Roger.

04 50 10

20.8

P

Main chute in on green. Chute is out, in reef condition at 10,809 feet and beautiful chute. Chute looks good. On O2 emergency and the chute looks very good. Rate of descent has gone to about 42 feet per second. The chute looks very good.


CANAVERAL-RECOVERY

04 50 37

3.4

P

Hello, Mercury Recovery. This is Friendship Seven. Do you receive?

04 50 41

4.2

R

Mercury Friendship Seven, this Steelhead. Laud and clear. Over.

04 50 45

4.1

P

Roger, Steelhead. Friendship Seven. The chute looks very good. Over.

04 50 so

4.3

R

Roger, understand the chute very good, descent normal. Is that Charlie? Over.

04 50 55

5.2

P

Roger, that is affirmative. Descent is normal, indicating 40 feet per second.

04 51 05

2.9

P

My condition is good; it's .a little hot in here, however. Over.

04 51 09

8.0

R

Roger, Friendship Seven. Be advised, I got your chaff on my radar and I'm heading out for you now. over.

04 51 17

2.8

P

Roger. What is your estimate on recovery time? Over.

04 51 23

2.0

R

Friendship Seven. Steelhead. Wait. Out.

04 51 26

2.6

P

Roger. Friendship Seven. Indicating 7,000.

04 51 35

7.8

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Be advised, I have you visually, estimate on station in approximately 1 hour. Over.

04 51 43

1.8

P

Roger, on station 1 hour.

04 51 47

2.2

P

This is Friendship Seven, standing by for impact.

04 51 54

1.8

P

This is Friendship Seven, going through checklist.

04 52 04

6.6

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Correct my estimate on station. Estimate pickup now at 20 minutes. Over.

04 52 10

2.5

P

Roger, understand 20 minutes to pickup.

04 52 14

2.0

P

Friendship Seven, going through check list.

04 52 27

3.0

CC

Seven, this is Cape. Do you have the Landing Bag on green? Over.

04 52 32

1.6

P

Friendship Seven. Say again, Cape.

04 52 35

1.4

CC

. . . Landing Bag on green? Over.

04 52 38

2.9

P

This is Friendship Seven. Still did not receive you. Repeat again.

04 52 43

3.1

CC

Do you have Landing Bag on green? Over.

04 52 47

2.8

P

I'm sorry. I cannot read you, Cape. Say again.

04 52 51

3.4

R

Do you have Landing Bag on green? Over.

04 52 55

2.6

P

That's affirmative. Landing Bag is on green.

04 53 04

6.9

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Be advised accordingly to my surface gadget, your range 6 miles from me, on the way. Over.

04 53 11

2.4

P

Roger, understand 6 miles. Good show.

04 53 57

0.3

P

Okay.

04 53 58

2.1

CC

Steelhead, this is Cape Cap Com. Over.

04 54 05

1.0

P

Go ahead, Cap Com.

04 54 07

7.3

CC

Cape Cap Com. We recommend that he remain in the capsule unless he has some overriding reason for getting out. Over.

04 54 17

2.1

P

Say again. This is Friendship Seven.

04 54 22

5.0

R

Remain in capsule unless you have an overriding reason for getting out. Over.

04 54 28

1.5

P

Roger. Friendship Seven.


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CANAVERAL RECOVERY-Continued

04 54 32

2.3

P

Friendship Seven. Ready for impact; almost down.

04 54 35

0.7

R

Roger.

04 54 37

1.1

P

Do you have me in sight?

04 54 47

2.2

P

Friendship Seven. Getting close. Standing by.

04 54 50

0.6

R

Roger.

04 55 10

1.0

P

Here we go.

04 55 20

2.6

P

Friendship Seven. Impact. Rescue Aids is manual.


RECOVERY

04 55 47

4.3

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Hold you in the water. What is your condition? Over.

04 55 51

3.4

P

Roger, my condition okay. Does the capsule look like it's okay? Over.

04 55 56

4.0

R

Friendship Seven, reference your last; affirmative, capsule looks good from here. Over.

04 56 01

3.8

P

Roger, understand they want me to stay in the capsule until rescue.

04 56 06

2.1

R

Friendship Seven, Steelhead. That's Charlie. Over.

04 56 09

0.6

P

Roger.

04 57 00

1.8

R

Friendship Seven, Steelhead is calling you.

04 57 03

2.6

P

Go ahead, Steelhead. Friendship Seven. I don't receive you.

04 57 11

2.3

R

Go ahead, Steelhead. Friendship Seven reads you.

04 57 16

2.7

P

Negative. This is Friendship Seven. I do not read him.

04 57 19

2.9

R

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead, Steelhead. Over.

04 57 23

1.7

P

Go ahead, Steelhead. Friendship Seven.

04 57 25

6.2

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. I understand you have me visually through your window. Is that affirmative? Over.

04 57 32

0.6

P

Negative.

04 57 36

1.4

P

Negative. This is Friendship Seven.

04 57 55

7.4

R

Friendship Seven. this is Steelhead. Estimate recovery time in approximately 7 minutes. over.

04 58 03

4.2

P

Roger, 7 minutes. Understand you're going to put men in the water with the collar. Is that affirm?

04 58 09

2.1

R

Friendship Seven, Steelhead. Affirmative. Over.

04 58 12

0.6

P

Roger .

04 58 31

5.9

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Understand your condition excellent at this time. Is that Charlie?

04 58 37

5.4

P

That's affirmative. My condition is good. I'm a little warm at the moment, but that's okay, the suit fans are still running.

04 58 44

1.2

R

Steelhead. Roger. Out.

04 59 38

1.7

CC

Steelhead, this is Cape. Over.

04 59 41

4.2

R

Station calling Read you. Say again. Over.

04 59 46

2.9

CC

This is Cape Canaveral. Recommend. Over.

04 59 52

6.4

R

Understand station calling Steelhead is the Cape, unable to read your message. Request you say again text. Over.

04 59 58

5.0

CC

Roger. Recommend astronaut. Over.

05 00 08

5.5

R

Cape, this is Steelhead; request you say again all after recommend. Over.

05 00 16

9.6

CC

Keep the Astronaut advised of the recovery progress; keep the Astronaut advised of the recovery progress. Over.

05 00 27

1.4

R

Steelhead. Wilco. Out.

05 01 02

9.2

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. We have you visually. I am closing now. Should be, should be ready to effect recovery in approximately 4 minutes. Over.

05 01 12

3.0

P

Roger, 4 minutes to recovery and my condition is good.

05 01 17

15.0

R

Steelhead. Roger. Break. have ground tackle. etc.. standing by on deck. All equipment fully rigged. Believe-we will be able to have you aboard in approximately 2 minutes after arrival. Over.

05 01 32

0.5

P

Roger.

05 01 38

9.4

P

This is Friendship Seven. I'm very warm. I'm not, I'm just remaining, remaining motionless here trying to keep as cool as possible. I'm extremely warm at the moment.

05 01 49

5.9

R

Steelhead. Roger, break, disregard that.

05 01 55

0.3

P

Roger.


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RECOVERY-Continued

05 02 11

7.1

R

Friendship Seven, Steelhead. Helicopter is on its way. At present, they expect to be here in approximately 8 minutes. Over.

05 02 18

0.6

P

Roger.

05 02 29

8.7

R

Friendship Seven, Steelhead. Medico are standing by in ease assistance necessary immediately after recovery. Over.

05 02 39

1.3

P

Roger. Friendship Seven.

05 03 04

4.6

R

Friendship Seven, Steelhead. My speed now 10 [knots], commencing my approach. Over.

05 03 09

1.1

P

Roger. Friendship Seven.

05 03 18

6.0

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. All equipment operating normally. Expect to be along side approximately 3 minutes. Over.

05 03 26

0.5

P

Ah, Roger.

05 03 57

8.6

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. All stop, I say again, my engines are stop. I'm coming along side at this time. Over.

05 04 05

0.6

P

Roger. -Friendship

05 04 09

2.8

R

Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Do you copy? Over.

05 04 12

4.0

P

Roger, Steelhead, I copy. Friendship Seven. Understand you're coming along side.

05.04 28

4.4

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. You are now 1,000 yards. Over.

05 04 33

3.9

P

Roger. Friendship Seven. Sounds good.

05 04 40

3.8

P

Capsule looks to me as though its floating in pretty good shape. Does it look that way to you?

05 04 46

7.6

R

Friendship Seven, this is Steelhead. Affirmative, capsule looks good from here. I can, can discern no damage visually. Over.

05 04 54

0.6

P

Roger.

05 04 58

6.3

R

Friendship Seven, this is 6 Spangle 8. I'm orbiting at 300 feet, everything looks perfectly normal from here.



(Aircraft)


05 05 05

0.5

P

Roger.

05 05 08

2.0

R

You're riding in a good attitude. Over.



(Aircraft)


05 05 10

0.3

P

Roger.


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