Accession Number : AD0856540

Title :   Performance Comparison of Gemini B Z191 MDF Explosive (DIPAM) to NASA Gemini Z191 MDF Explosive (RDX).

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL CO ST LOUIS MO

Report Date : 30 JUL 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : During the NASA Gemini program, lead sheathed RDX Mild Detonating Fuse (MDF) was utilized in the Z191 Severance System of the spacecraft. Silver sheathed DIPAM MDF is to be used in the Z191 Severance System of the Gemini B Spacecraft. The test program was conducted to correlate the output energy of silver sheathed DIPAM MDF with that of lead sheathed RDX MDF, and thereby ensure that the Gemini B Reentry Control System (RCS) structure will not sustain structural damage resulting from MDF detonation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *MANNED SPACECRAFT, *SPACE STATIONS, *EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS, ENERGY, SPACE CAPSULES, CONTROL SYSTEMS, REENTRY VEHICLES, FUZES(ORDNANCE), SILVER, LEAD(METAL), EXPLOSIVES, TEST METHODS.

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE