Title: Original Typescript, Signed. "A Job for ...
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Undated. Ten clean pages (no corrections) typed and signed "D.K. Slayton." Donald K. Slayton (1924-1993) was from Sparta, Wisconsin and was one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts. He began his military career in 1942 in the Army Air Force and was a bomber pilot in Europe and Japan during the war. He received an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and was called up during the Korean crisis becoming a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Accepted as one of the original seven astronauts by the United States he was scheduled to fly Mercury 7, but a heart problem was detected and he moved over to civilian duty with NASA as director of flight operations, 1963-1971. In 1975 he was allowed to serve as module pilot on the 'Apollo-Soyez Test Project'. Retired in 1982 he helped found Space Services Inc which launched the first private payload into space. He was author of several books, including DEKE! US MANNED SPACE FROM MERCURY TO THE SHUTTLE. The ten page paper is concerned with the responsibilities undertaken by the seven Mercury pilots and how they divided the fields of design and research between them making reports back to the other pilots. Scott Carpenter dealt with communications and navigational aids; Al Shepard concentrated on tracking range and recovery; John Glenn the layout of the instrument panel; Wally Schirra was concerned with life support systems; Gus Grissom looked into the automatic and manual-control systems; Gordon Cooper dealt with the booster used to reach space; and Slayton did a study of the Atlas missile. He goes into each of the areas in some detail, with the later half of the paper going into what it is like to ride on top of a rocket and how to get the astronauts used to what will happen when the rockets are ignited for flight. The last section deals with the innovations which brought about the exploding hatch and the problems each of them had in exiting the capsule when it returned to earth. An informative paper in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 12170
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