Encyclopedia Astronautica
1965.05.27 - Air Force Space Systems Division Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5001 not acceptable.


Air Force Space Systems Division (SSD), following standard Air Force acceptance procedure using DD Form 250, found Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5001 not acceptable. This was because First Article Configuration Inspection (completed May 26) showed the vehicle not to be flightworthy as required by the contract.

SSD nevertheless conditionally accepted delivery of GATV 5001; Lockheed was to correct deficiencies by the dates noted on DD-250 attachments. Besides several items of equipment merely awaiting final documentation, major items yet to be qualified were the shroud, primary and secondary propulsion systems, the command system, and components of the electrical power system. After being conditionally accepted, GATV 5001 was shipped by air to Eastern Test Range on May 28, arriving May 29.

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