MA-6 Launch

AIR-GROUND COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MA-6 FLIGHT

Part 1


Transcript Legend
    CC - Capsule Communicator
     P - Pilot (astronaut)
    CT - Communications Technician
     S - Surgeon or medical monitor
    SY - Systems monitor
     R - Recovery personnel
    

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CAPE CANAVERAL (FIRST ORBIT)



CC

3, 2, 1, 0

00 00 03

4.0

P

Roger. The clock is operating. We're underway.

00 00 07

1.5

CC

Hear loud and clear.

00 00 08

2.0

P

Roger. We're programing in roll okay.

00 00 13

3.5

P

Little bumpy along about here.

00 00 15

1.0

CC

Roger.

00 00 17

2.0

CC

Standby for 20 seconds.

00 00 19

0.5

P

Roger.

00 00 20

2.0

CC

2 - 1, mark.

00 00 23

3.3

P

Roger. Backup clock is started.

00 00 32

5.0

P

Fuel 102-101 [percent], oxygen 78-100 [percent], amps 27.

00 00 39

3.0

CC

Roger. Loud and clear. Flight path is good, 69 [degrees].

00 00 43

4.0

P

Roger. Checks okay. Mine was 70 [degrees] on your mark.

00 00 48

2.5

P

Have some vibration area coming up here now.

00 00 52

2.0

CC

Roger. Reading you loud and clear.

00 00 55

4.0

P

Roger, Coming into high Q a little bit; and a little contrail went by the window or something there.

00 01 00

0.5

CC

Roger.

00 01 03

6.5

P

Fuel 102-101 [percent], oxygen 78-101 [percent], amps 24. Still okay.

00 01 12

3.0

P

We're smoothing out some now, getting out of the vibration area.

00 01 16

3.0

CC

Roger. You're through max. Q. Your flight path is

00 01 19

3.2

P

Roger. Feels good, through max. Q and smoothing out real fine.


149
CAPE CANAVERAL (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 01 26

4.0

P

Cabin pressure coming down by 7.0 okay; flight very smooth now.

00 01 31

2.0

P

Sky looking very dark outside.

00 01 42

3.0

P

Cabin pressure is holding at 6.1 okay.

00 01 46

3.5

CC

Roger. Cabin pressure holding at 6.1.

00 01 49

3.5

P

Roger. Have had some oscillations, but they seem to be damping out okay now.

00 01 56

9.5

P

Coming up on two minutes, and fuel is 102-101 [percent], oxygen 78-102 [percent]. The g's are building to 6.

00 02 07

5.0

CC

Roger. Reading you loud and clear. Flight path looked good. Pitch 25 [degrees] Standby for.

00 02 12

8.0

P

Roger. BECO, back to 1 1/2 g's. The tower fired; could not see the tower go. I saw the smoke go by the window.

00 02 21

2.0

CC

Roger. We confirm staging on TM.

00 02 24

0.5

P

Roger.

00 02 27

3.0

P

Still have about 1 1/2 g's. Programming. Over.

00 02 36

7.5

P

There the tower went right then. Have the tower in sight way out. Could see the tower go. Jettison tower is green.

00 02 48

0.3

CC

Roger.

00 02 50

0.5

P

1 1/2 g's.

00 02 53

3.5

CC

Roger, Seven. Still reading you loud and clear. Flight path looks good.

00 02 56

6.0

P

Roger. Auto Retrojettison is off; Emergency Retrojettison Fuse switch, off; Retrojettison Fuse switch, off.

00 03 03

1.5

P

UHF/DF to normal.

00 03 19

2.3

CC

Flight path looks good; steering is good.

00 03 22

5.0

P

Roger. Understand everything looks good; g's starting to build again a little bit.

00 03 30

0.5

CC

Roger.

00 03 32

1.5

CC

Friendship Seven. Bermuda has you.

00 03 34

13.0

P

Roger. Bermuda standby. This is Friendship Seven. Fuel 103-101 [percent], oxygen 78-100 [percent]. All voltages above 25, amps 26.

00 03 48

4.5

CC

Roger. Still reading you loud and clear. Flight path is very good. Pitch, - 3 [degrees].

00 03 53

0.5

P

Roger.

00 03 56

3.0

P

My pitch checks a -7 [degrees] on your -3 [degrees].

00 04 00

0.8

CC

Roger, Seven.

00 04 08

10.5

P

Friendship Seven. Fuel 103-101 [percent], oxygen 78-100 [percent], amps 25, cabin pressure holding at 5.8.

00 04 20

5.0

CC

Roger. Reading you loud and clear. Seven, Cape is Go; we're stranding by for you.

00 04 25

16.5

P

Roger. Cape is Go and I am Go. Capsule is in good shape. Fuel 103-102 [percent], oxygen 78-100 [percent], cabin pressure holding steady at 5.8, amps is 26. All systems are Go.

00 04 44

2.0

CC

Roger. 20 seconds to SECO.

00 04 47

0.5

P

Roger.

00 04 49

1.5

P

Indicating 6 g's.

00 04 52

0.5

P

Say again.

00 04 53

1.0

CC

Still looks good.

00 04 54

0.5

P

Roger.

00 05 04

4.0

P

SECO, posigrades fired okay.

00 05 10

0.5

CC

R o g e r , s t a n d

00 05 12

5.0

P

Roger. Zero-g and I feel fine. Capsule is turning around.

00 05 18

1.5

P

Oh, that view is tremendous!

00 05 21

1.5

CC

Roger. Turnaround has started.

00 05 23

7.0

P

Roger. The capsule is turning around and I can see the booster during turnaround just a couple of hundred yards behind me. It was beautiful.

00 05 30

4.5

CC

Roger, Seven. You have a go, at least 7 orbits.

00 05 35

4.5

P

Roger. Understand Go for at least 7 orbits.

00 05 44

7.0

P

This is Friendship Seven. Can see clear back; a big cloud pattern way back across towards the Cape. Beautiful sight.

00 05 54

3.5

CC

Roger, still reading you loud and clear. Next transmission, Bermuda.

00 05 58

10.5

P

Roger. Understand next transmission, Bermuda. Capsule did damp okay and turned around. Scope has extended, okay. Taking off the filter I had on it before launch.


150
CAPE CANAVERAL (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 06 02

1.0

P

Making electrical check.

00 06 18

4.5

P

All batteries 25 or above, on main. Going through orbit checklist.


BERMUDA (FIRST ORBIT)

00 06 25

2.0

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Orbit checklist.

00 06 27

6.0

P

Landing Bag is off. Emergency Retrosequence, off. Emergency Drogue Deploy is off.

00 06 38

1.5

CC

Emergency Landing Bag is next.

00 06 40

17.0

P

Roger. Landing Bag was already off. I got it first and reported it. Retromanual is off, and we're all set. This is very comfortable at Zero-g. I have nothing but very fine feeling. It just feels very normal and very good.

00 06 58

2.0

CC

Friendship Seven. Standby for retrosequence times.

00 07 00

1.0

P

Roger. Ready to copy.

00 07 08

4.2

CC

Roger. lB, 00 17 50.

00 07 08

4.3

P

Roger. 1 Bravo is 00 plus 17 plus 50.

00 07 14

3.6

CC

End of orbit, 01 28 54.

00 07 19

2.9

P

Roger, 01 plus 28 plus 54.

00 07 22

3.8

CC

Roger, end of mission is 04 32 47.

00 07 28

6.3

P

Roger. 04 plus 32 plus 47. Do I have okay for resetting clock? Over.

00 07 36

8.5

CC

Negative, don't reset the clock. Your V over Vr is unity, your apogee altitude is 138 [nautical miles] and are you starting your control systems check?

00 07 45

5.6

P

Roger. As soon as we get done with this transmission. I understand am I cleared to control systems cheek.

00 07 51

1.7

P

Roger. Starting controls cheek.

00 08 01

1.1

P

Starting controls check.

00 08 09

1.3

CC

Your attitudes look okay here.

00 08 32

2.4

CC

Friendship Seven. Anything to report on control systems checks.

00 08 34

6.9

P

Not yet, everything appears to be going okay. Am now on the yaw part of the check. Going off right on schedule.

00 08 42

0.8

CC

Very good, very good.

00 08 50

4.5

P

Control so far is excellent. Very good, no problems at all so far on control.

00 08 55

0.6

CC

Roger.

00 09 01

2.7

P

Aux Damp pulls it right in every time. No problems.

00 09 04

0.4

CC

Very good.

00 09 24

1.8

CC

Friendship Seven, Bermuda. Do you still read?

00 09 26

5.6

P

Roger, Bermuda, still read you loud and clear. Still completing control check. Having no problem at all so far.

00 09 32

1.4

CC

Roger, you're still loud and clear.

00 09 35

0.5

P

Roger.

00 09 46

10.8

P

This is Friendship Seven. Working just like clockwork on the control check, and it went through just about like the Procedures Trainer runs. It's very smooth and I checked

00 09 58

1.9

CC

On UHF, if you read, go to HF.

00 10 00

1.1

P

Roger. Going.

00 10 24

2.8

CC

Friendship Seven, Bermuda CapCom on HF.

JO 10 27

3.5

P

Hello, Hello, Bermuda. Receive you loud and clear; how me?

00 10 38

2.1

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, Bermuda CapCom on HF.

00 10 40

6.7

P

Hello, Bermuda, Hello, Bermuda CapCom. Friendship Seven reads you loud and clear. Hello, Bermuda, Friendship Seven. How me?

00 10 53

2.2

CC

Friendship Seven, this Bermuda CapCom on HF.

00 10 56

4.4

P

Hello, Bermuda CapCom, this is Friendship Seven. Read you loud and clear; how me?


CANARY (FIRST ORBIT)

00 11 16

1.9

P

Hello, Canary, Friendship Seven. Over.

00 11 20

5.3

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Canary CapCom. Read you loud and clear. Over.

00 11 26

14.0

P

Canary. Friendship Seven. Roger. Control check complete. Capsule in ASCS and holding. I have booster in sight out the window. It's probably about 1 mile away and going down under my position and a little bit to my left. Over.

00 11 46

7.3

P

This is Friendship Seven. Everything is still Go. Capsule is in fine shape. Holding pressure at 5.8. Over.


151
CANARY (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 12 18

3.4

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Canary Cap Com. Do you read? Over.

00 12 21

3.5

P

Hello, Canary Cap Com, loud and clear on HF. How me? Over.

00 12 26

7.1

CC

I read you loud and clear. Would you give me your fuel on your control systems check.

00 12 34

6.7

P

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. Control systems check was perfect. Control systems checks perfect. Over.

00 12 42

3.4

CC

Roger. Friendship Seven, understand control systems check was perfect.

00 12 47

1.1

P

That's affirmative.

00 12 52

5.2

CC

Friendship Seven, this Canary Cap Com. Could you get started with your station report? Over.

00 13 00

2.4

P

Hello, Canary, Friend Seven. Repeat please. Over.

00 13 05

4.3

CC

What is your space, spacecraft station, status report?

00 13 10

3.9

P

This is Friendship Seven. Standby. I'm getting out some equipment. Over.

00 14 03

3.7

P

Hello, Canary, Friendship Seven, switching to UHF. Over.

00 14 09

4.6

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, Canary Cap Com. Say again.

00 14 23

4.3

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, Canary Cap Com. Read you.

00 14 32

3.5

P

Hello, Canary, Friendship Seven on UHF. How now? Over.

00 14 37

2.1

CC

I read you loud and clear.

00 14 39

5.9

P

Roger, understand loud and clear. I read you much better also, than I did on HF. Over.

00 14 46

1.3

CC

Same here.

00 14 48

3.6

P

This is Friendship Seven. Everything is going fine.

00 14 55

3.2

P

Getting, getting some of the equipment together. Over.

00 14 59

0.5

CC

Roger.

00 15 12

5.2

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. What is your spacecraft status report? Over.

00 15 17

0.0

P

Roger. Standby, Will give status report. I am in orbit attitude for your tracking. Status report follows: Fuses all number one except Tower Sep number two. Emergency Retrosequence, Emergency Retrojettison, and Emergency Drogue are in the center-off position. Squib is Armed. Auto Retrojettison is off. ASCS is normal, auto, gyro normal. All "T" handles are in the "in"-position. Retro Delay is normal. Cabin Lights are on both. Photo Lights are still on. Telemetry Low Frequency is on. Rescue Aids are on automatic. Ah, Jettison Tower, and Sep Capsule lights are out. The pressure regulator is still in the "in"-position. Launch control is on. All sequence panel positions are normal except Landing Bag is off. Are you receiving? Over.

00 16 19

1.8

CC

Understand. We have telemetry solid.


2.0

P

Roger, you have telemetry solid.

00 16 25

6.7

P

Control fuel is 90-98 [percent], I repeat, 90-98 [percent].

00 16 32

2.9

CC

Automatic fuel is 90 [percent], 98 [percent].

00 16 35

0.0

P

That is affirmative. Attitude: roll 0 [degrees], yaw 2 [degrees] right, pitch -33 [degrees]. Rates are all indicating zero. I am on ASCS at present time. The clock is still set for time to ret, for retrograde time of 04 plus 32 plus 28. I have retrograde times okay from Bermuda. Cabin pressure holding steady at 6.7. Cabin air 90 [degrees]. Relative humidity, 30 [percent]. Coolant quantity is 68 [percent]. Suit environment is 65. Suit pressure is indicating 5.8. Steam temperature 60 [degrees] on the suit. I am very comfortable. However, I do not want to turn it down just yet. Primary oxygen is 78 [percent]; secondary, 102 [percent]. Main bus is 24. Number one is 25, 25, 25. Standby one is 26; Standby two is 25; Isolated, 29, and back on main. Ammeter is indicating 23. ASCS is 112. Fans are 112. Over.

00 17 58

5.4

CC

I understand, I understand your retrosequence time is 04 32 28. Over.

00 18 04

20.7

P

That is affirmative. That's what's set in the clock. The horizon is a brilliant, a brilliant blue. There, I have the mainland in sight at present time coming up on the scope, and have Canaries in sight out through the window and picked them up on the scope just before I saw them out of the window. Over.

00 18 26

6.0

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. This is Canary CapCom. Repeat blood pressure check, repeat blood pressure check.

00.18 32

5.0

P

Roger, repeating blood pressure check now. Starting, pumping up.

00 18 41

8.3

P

This is Friendship Seven. Have beautiful view of the African Coast, both in the scope, and out the window. Out the window is by far the best view.


152
CANARY (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 18 56

2.7

P

Part of the Canaries was hidden by clouds.

00 19 09

2.8

CC

Roger, I read you. We're getting the blood pressure now.

00 19 12

1.8

P

Roger, Friendship Seven.

00 19 18

5.7

CC

Friendship Seven this is Canary CapCom. Your, your medical status is green; it looks okay.

00 19 24

3.2

P

Roger. This is Friendship Seven.

00 19 30

0.4

CC

Standby.

00 19 33


CC

What is blood pressure? Over.

00 19 38

0.5

P

Friendship Seven. Your blood pressure is 120 over 80. repeat 120 over 80. , Roger.

00 19 40

8.2

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Canary CapCom. Your 150 volt-amp inverter is 175°, and holding.

00 19 49

1.6

P

Roger. Friendship Seven.

00 19 52

4.9

CC

Your 250 volt-amp inverter temperature is 150 [degrees], and holding.

00 20 02

1.0

P

Friendship Seven. Roger.

00 20 04

7.0

CC

Your auto fuel line temperature is 70°; your manual fuel line temperature is l00°.

00 20 12

1.9

P

Say again fuel temperatures. Over.

00 20 15

6.1

CC

Negative, your auto fuel line temperature was 70°, 70°.

00 20 22

1.1

P

Roger, very good.

00 20 25

1.9

CC

100°.

00 20 28

0.4

P

Roger.

00 20 33

8.8

P

This is Friendship Seven standing by. I am slightly behind on my checklist at present time. Will get caught up.

00 20 42

2.8

CC

Roger, this is Canary CapCom standing by.

00 21 16

11.4

P

This is Friendship Seven still on ASCS. I can see dust storms down there blowing across the desert, a lot of dust; it's difficult to see the ground in some areas. Over.

00 21 29

2.7

CC

Seven, you are fading; how me? Over.


KANO (FIRST ORBIT)

00 21 33

4.9

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Kano Cap Com, I read you loud end clear. How do you read me? Over.

00 21 37

2.2

P

Roger, Kano, loud and clear; how me?

00 21 40

3.3

CC

Roger, loud and clear. What is your status? Over.

00 21 44

3.5

P

This is Friendship Seven. My status is excellent. I feel fine. Over.

00 21 49

9.0

CC

Roger. I monitored part of your conversation over Canary and heard your comments on the weather over Africa. Will you give us status report? Over.

00 21 59

26.0

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven. Fuel, 90-98 (percent]. Oxygen, 78-100 [percent]. Cabin pressure holding 5.6 at the present time. Have very little dirt floating around in the capsule, just a little bit and preferring to take xylose pill at present time. Unsealing the, going to unseal the faceplate. Over.

00 22 27

3.9

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Your exhaust temperature please. Over.

00 22 32

3.1

P

Say again. Standby one, taking xylose.

00 22 41

4.3

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Kano Cap Com. Can you give us the reading on your exhaust temperature?

00 22 49

1.7

P

Say again, Kano. Over.

00 22 51

2.3

CC

Reading on your exhaust temperature.

00 22 56

2.5

P

Roger. Steam temperature is 59 [degrees]. Over.

00 23 00

8.7

CC

Roger. Friendship Seven. We have TM solid. If you want, we will standby while you do your yaw maneuver and check your systems.

00 23 11

3.5

P

Roger. Friendship Seven. I am taking xylose pill now.

00 23 19

1.9

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven, understand.

00 23 22

4.2

P

This is Friendship Seven. going to. UHF low for check. Over.

00 23 29

1.4

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven.

00 23 48

3.0

P

Hello. Kano. Friendship Seven. UHF Low: how now? Over,

00 23 53

2.6

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Kano CapCom. Say again.

00 23 56

3.9

P

This is Friendship Seven on UHF Low. How do you receive me? Over.

00 24 00

3.0

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Kano. Read you loud and clear.

00 24 04

2.8

P

Roger, Kano, going back to UHF Hi. Over.

00 24 11

0.4

CC

Roger.

00 24 16

8.3

CC

We have a temperature of 189° on your 150 volt inverter and 150° your 250 volt inverter.


153
KANO (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 24 28

4.6

P

Roger. This is Friendship Seven on UHF Hi again. Understand inverter temperatures.

00 24 38

5.3

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. We will standby while you do your yaw maneuver. Over.

00 24 43

9.5

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven, starting in yaw maneuver. I'm about 40 seconds late on that one. Starting yaw maneuver at present time. Over.

00 24 54

1.1

CC

Roger, understand.

00 24 56

1.7

P

Going to manual control.

00 25 02

2.2

P

Correction, going to fly-by-wire. Over.

00 25 06

3.4

CC

Roger, understand on fly-by-wire for yaw maneuver.

00 25 09

0.7

P

That's affirmative.

00 25 30

16.5

P

This is Friendship Seven, having no trouble controlling on fly-by-wire. Drift is coming around at about 1° per second, and holding attitude okay in other axes. Over.

00 25 46

9.8

CC

Roger. Check drift at 1° per second and holding attitude okay all axes, I have your retrosequence time for Area 1 Charlie.

00 25 57

4.4

P

Standby. Will get it later; I'm in the middle of yaw maneuver at present time. Over.

00 26 02

0.6

CC

Standing by.

00 26 18

5.7

P

This is Friendship Seven at 60° right yaw, and holding temporarily. Over.

00 26 25

2.5

CC

Roger. 60° right yaw and holding.

00 26 34

6.3

P

Attitudes all well within limits. I have no problem holding attitude with fly-by-wire at all. Very easy. Over.

00 26 4%

9.4

CC

Roger, check fly-by-wire is very easy. Our telemetry checks all your systems out okay. Are you ready for retrosequence time?

00 26 52

7.5

P

Negative, not yet. I'll pick it up possibly at next station if I lose contact with you. I'm still on manual control here on fly-by-wire. Over.

00 27 01

0.4

CC

Understand.

00 27 24

5.1

P

This is Friendship Seven, returning on fly-by-wire to orbit attitude. Over.

00 27 30

3.8

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven, I cheek your returning to orbit attitude.

00 27 34

8.6

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven. Out the window, can see some fires down on the ground, long smoke trails right on the edge of the desert. Over.

00 27 44

6.1

CC

Roger. We've had dusty weather here, and as far as we can see, a lot of this part of Africa. is covered with dust.

00 27 50

2.9

P

That's just exactly the way it looks from up here, too.

00 27 55

3.4

CC

Roger. You want to stand by for retrosequence time, Area 1 Charlie?

00 28 01

3.6

P

Roger. Going back on ASCS. Yaw check okay. Can pick up yaw fairly well in the scope. It's a little different display than I had really anticipated, but it checks okay, and I can pick up yaw. I have to be about 5° or so in yaw before I really start picking it up. Over.

00 28 26

11.3

CC

Seven, you are fading rapidly. I will broadcast this time in the blind for Area 1 Charlie, 00 32 12, 00 32 12.

00 28 40

4.2

P

00 32 22. Is that affirm? Over.


ZANZIBAR (FIRST ORBIT)

00 29 25

6.6

P

This is Friendship Seven. Hello, Zanzibar, Friendship Seven. Do you receive? Over.

00 29 39

6.2

CT

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Com Tech transmitting on HF, UHF, do you copy? Over.

00 29 45

14.1

P

Roger, Zanzibar Com Tech, read you loud and clear. Control fuel is 90-98 [percent] cabin pressure, 5.6 and holding; oxygen, 75-100 [percent]. Over.

00 30 13

17.3

P

This is Friendship Seven in the blind for recording. Much of eastern Africa is covered by clouds, sort of wispy high cirrus Looking clouds. Cannot see too much down there except the cloud decks themselves. Catch a sight of the ground underneath once in a while.

00 30 32

3.9

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Cap Com, reading you loud and clear.

00 30 37

1.2

P

Roger, Zanzibar.

00 30 39

7.2

CC

Message from IOS Cap Com, that he will not release balloon flare this orbit. Will fire parachute flares instead. Did you copy? Over.

00 30 47

2.1

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven, understand.


154
ZANZIBAR (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 30 52

10.1

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Cap Com. We have solid telemetry contact, report your status. over.

00 30 58


P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven. Fuel 90-98 [percent], cabin pressure 55 and holding, oxygen 75-100 [percent], amps 24. Over.

00 31 12

5.3

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Cap Com. Proceed with 30-minute report. Over.

00 31 18

3.2

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven. Standby one.

00 31 34

2.2

P

This is Friendship Seven, blood pressure.

00 32 04

11.7

S

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Surgeon Zanzibar. You've got a good blood pressure trace. It shows the systolic and diastolic, if there's no necessity to repeat, you do not need to.

00 32 15

3.1

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven, going through exercise.

00 32 48

3.2

P

This is Friendship Seven. Exercise completed, repeating blood pressure.

00 32 54

14.1

S

Friendship Seven, this Surgeon Zanzibar. Your blood pressure was 136 over 80 before exercise. We have good electrocardiographic trace during the time of exercise and you are now in a good level coming down o n your blood pressure. Over.

00 33 08

1.9

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven.

00 33 23

20.7

S

Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Surgeon. Blood pressure 136 systolic after exercise, recording well and coming down now to just under 90 for diastolic. Both traces are of excellent quality. Your electrocardiogram is excellent also. Everything on the dials indicates excellent aeromedical status. Over.

00 33 43

3.9

P

Roger, Friendship Seven. Running through 30-minute check,

00 33 52

23.3

P

This is Friendship Seven. The head movements caused no sensations, whatsoever. Feel fine. Reach test, I can hit directly to any spot that I want to hit. I have no problem reaching for knobs and have adjusted to zero-g very easily, much easier than I really thought I would. I have excellent vision of the charts, no astigmatism or any malfunctions at all.

00 34 15

0.9

. . .

. . . .

00 34 20

1.9

P

Roger. You should get it now, okay.

00 34 23

0.9

CC

Now, thank you.

00 34 26

12.9

S

Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Surgeon, received your report indicating good reach accuracy. No disturbances on head motion, good visual acuity including astigmatism test and good response to exercise. Over. Could you?

00 34 39

3.9

P

Roger, this is Friendship Seven. Are you ready to copy pane, rundown? Over.

00 34 44

3.1

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. This is Zanzibar CapCom. Proceed.

00 34 48

47.5

P

Ah, Roger, Zanzibar CapCom. Friendship Seven. All fuses remain same as previously reported; have not changed any of them. Squib is armed. Auto Retrojettison is off. ASCS is on normal, auto, gyro normal. All "T" handles are in. Retro Delay is normal. The sequence panel is normal. Landing bag is off. Fuel is 90-98 [percent]. The EPI is indicating just about right on schedule. My attitude is 5 [degrees] left, 3 [degrees] right, -33 [degrees] on pitch. Retrograde time is still set for 04 plus 32 plus 28. Are you receiving? Over.

00 35 37

3.0

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Continue with the report.

00 35 40

46.9

P

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. The window, attitude indications, and periscope all check right together in good shape. I can see the dark side coming up in the periscope back behind me at present time. Cabin pressure is 5.5 and holding. Cabin temperature is 95 [degrees]. Relative humidity is 28 [percent]. I have turned the cabin-my suit temperature onto the increased water position for more cooling. Steam temperature is presently indicating 61 [degrees]. Oxygen is 75-100 [percent]. I didn't give suit temperature. Suit inlet temperature is 65 [degrees] and pressure is 5.8. Over.

00 36 28

2.7

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Continue with the report.

00 36 31

8.8

P

Roger. All other switches on right panel are normal except for Retrojettison and Retromanual fuse switches in the off position. Over.

00 36 42

3.4

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Could you give me suit exhaust temperature'? Over.

00 36 45

6.5

P

Roger. Suit exhaust temperature, steam temperature is 61 [degrees]. I have just turned it down. Over.

00 36 54

4.3

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Continue with battery voltages. Over.


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ZANZIBAR (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 36 58

20.2

P

Roger. Battery voltages: Main is 24, Number One is 25, Two is 25, Three is 25; Standby One 25, Standby Two 25, Isolated 29. Ammeter is 22; ASCS, 112; fans, 113. Over.

00 37 20

7.5

CC

Roger, Friendship Seven. Are you ready to copy your Contingency Area 1 Delta retrosequence time? Over.

00 37 28

1.7

P

Roger. Say 1 Delta.

00 37 30

4.8

CC

1 Delta is 00 50 24. Did you copy? Over.

00 37 35

4.0

P

Roger. 00 50 24 for 1 Delta.

00 37 40

9.4

CC

Roger, your inverter temperatures 150 volt inverter is 188°, 250 volt inverter, 158°.

00 37 50

4.0

P

Roger, Roger, I copy inverter temperatures okay.

00 37 59

12.3

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Cap Com. Telemetry indicates all systems go. Medical status go. reports same, we have a little bit of telemetry drop out . . . . Standby to pick up IOS in about 3 minutes. Zanzibar Cap Com out.

00 38 22

1.0

P

Roger, Zanzibar.


INDIAN OCEAN SHIP (FIRST ORBIT)

00 38 26

7.1

CT

Hello, Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech . . . .

00 38 41

2.8

P

This is Friendship Seven, going on to eye patch.

00 39 04

4.3

CT

Hello, Friendship Seven. Friendship Seven, IOS Com Tech. Over.

00 39 09

2.9

P

Hello, IOS Com Tech, Friendship Seven. Go ahead.

00 39 28

5.0

CT

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech on HF UHF. How do you read? Over.

00 39 36

3.2

P

IOS, this is Friendship Seven. Do you read? Over.

00 39 49

5.2

CT

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech on HF UHF. How do you read? Over.

00 39 55

3.7

P

Indian Com Tech. Read you loud and clear on HF. Over.

00 40 08

5.5

CT

Hello Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech on HF UHF. How do you read? Over.

00 40 16

2.8

P

Indian Com Tech, Friendship Seven. Loud and clear, how me?

00 40 19

6.8

CT

Roger, Friendship Seven, reading you loud and clear--

00 40 28

9.8

P

This is Friendship Seven. Had a beautiful sunset and can see the light way out almost up to the northern horizon.

00 40 38

1.6

CC

. . .

00 40 57

5.0

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, . . . . Over.

00 41 04

3.7

P

Indian Cap Com, I'm receiving you very garbled. Over.

00 41 09

2.7

CC

Roger, . . ., now. Over.

00 41 44

3.6

CC

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Indian Cap. Over.

00 41 48

3.0

P

Go ahead Indian Cap Com. I read you fairly good now. Over.

00 41 51

2.6

CC

Roger. Proceed with the rest of your status please. Over.

00 41 55

1.2

P

Say again, Indian. Over.

00 41 57

3.4

CC

Would you give me your status and consumable readings please? Over.

00 42 01

16.7

P

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. My status is very good. I feel fine. Fuel is 90-98 [percent], oxygen 75-100 [percent], amps, 21 present time, cabin pressure holding at 5.5. Over.

00 42 20

2.9

CC

Roger, understand, reading you loud and clear now. Over.

00 42 23

1.7

P

Roger, loud and clear.

00 42 31

30.1

P

This is Friendship Seven. At this, MARK, at this present time, I still have some clouds visible below me, the sunset was beautiful. It went down very rapidly. I still have a brilliant blue band clear across the horizon almost covering my whole window. The redness of the sunset I can still see through some of the clouds way over to the left of my course. Over.

00 43 03

1.0

CC

Roger , under . . . .

00 43 06

9.5

P

The sky above is absolutely black, completely black. I can see stars though up above. I do not have any of the constellations identified as yet. Over.

00 43 17

1.9

CC

Roger, understand Friendship Seven.

00 43 27

5.1

CC

Friendship Seven. Would you confirm you received retrosequence time 1 Delta from Zanzibar? Over.

00 43 34

5.0

P

This is Friendship Seven. Roger, 1 Delta is 00 50 2 4 .


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INDIAN OCEAN SHIP (FIRST ORBIT)-Continued

00 43 42

5.6

CC

Roger. I have areas 1 Echo, Foxtrot, and Hotel. Are you prepared to copy? Over.

00 43 47

1.1

P

Standby one.

00 43 49

1.1

CC

Roger. Let me know.

00 43 54

2.1

P

All right, go ahead with retrotimes. Over.

00 43 57

10.2

CC

Roger. Area 1 Echo is one hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds. I say again, one hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds. Over.

00 44 07

4.0

P

Roger. one Echo is 01 plus 15 plus 42.

00 44 13

9.3

CC

Roger. Area Foxtrot is one hour, 28 minutes, 50 seconds. I say again, one hour, 28 minutes, 50 seconds.

00 44 22

3.5

P

Roger. Foxtrot is 01 plus 28 plus 50.

00 44 26

9.4

CC

That is affirmative. Area Hotel is four hours, 32 minutes, 42 seconds. Four hours, 32 minutes, 42 seconds. Over.

00 44 36

3.2

P

Roger. 04 plus 32 plus 42. Over.

00 44 40

1.5

CC

Roger. That is affirmative. Over.

00 44 42

17.0

P

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. I am having no trouble a t all seeing the night horizon. I think the moon is probably coming up behind me. Yes, I can see it in the scope back here and it's making a very white light on the clouds below. Over.

00 45 01

1.2

CC

Roger, understand.

00 45 08

3.9

CC

Friendship Seven, we have launched our flare. You understand it is Over.

00 45 12

1.0

P

That is affirmative.

00 46 20

2.9

CC

We have been advised that it has been ignited. Do you see anything? Over.

00 45 25

5.8

P

This is Friendship Seven. Negative. I don't. have anything in the scope or Out the window.

00 45 35

0.9

CC

Roger, understand.

00 45 49

5.2

CC

Friendship Seven, this is Indian Cap Com. Do you have any feelings from weightlessness? Over.

00 45 54

3.8

P

This is Friendship Seven. Negative, I feel fine so far. Over.

00 45 59

0.8

CC

Roger, understand.

This is a verbatim transcription of the MA-6 flight communications taken from the spacecraft onboard tape recording. This is therefore a complete transcript of the communications received and transmitted by Astronaut Glenn.
In a few cases, the communications do not agree with post flight detailed analysis of telemetered and recorded data. No attempt has been made to correct the transcript, and, therefore, the technical papers should be considered authoritative in the event of conflict.
In the table, column one is the elapsed time from the launch of the spacecraft in hours, minutes, and seconds that the communiqué was initiated. Column two is the duration in seconds of the communiqué. Column three identifies the communicator as follows:
CC-Capsule (spacecraft) Communicator at the range station
P -Pilot (astronaut)
CT-Communications Technician at the range station
S -Surgeon or medical monitor at the range station
SY-Systems monitor at the range station
R -Recovery personnel
All temperatures are given as °F; all pressures are in pounds per square inch, absolute (psia); fuel, oxygen, and coolant quantities are expressed in remaining percent of total nominal capacities; retrosequence times are expressed in hours, minutes, and seconds (i.e., 04 32 47 means 4 hours, 32 minutes, and 47 seconds from instant of lift-off).
Within the text, a series of dots (. . .) were used to designate times where communiqués could not be deciphered. The station in prime contact with the astronaut and the orbit number are designated at the initiation of communications with that station.