Encyclopedia Astronautica
1963.12.10 - Aerojet-General delivered the stage II engine for Gemini launch vehicle (GLV) 2 to Martin-Baltimore.


The engine was installed December 31. An interim stage I engine was received December 29 and installed January 9, 1964.

This engine was to be used only for tests at the Martin plant, after which it was to be replaced by a flight engine before GLV-2 was shipped to the Cape. Horizontal testing of GLV-2 was completed January 17. Before GLV-2 was erected in the vertical test facility, a longitudinal oscillation (POGO) kit was installed in stage I. The kit comprised an oxidizer standpipe and a fuel surge chamber designed to suppress pressure pulses in the propellant feed lines and thus reduce POGO to a level consistent with manned flight.

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