Boilerplate, Capsule, Mercury, Drop Test Vehicle

This artifact was used in 50 drop tests to qualify the Mercury capsule for recovery on land and sea. A boilerplate is a mockup of the same external weight and size as a flight production model, but usually made out of steel. The design and function of a spacecraft can be evaluated without endangering human life or incurring the expense associated with a real spacecraft. In September 1967 NASA transferred this drop test vehicle to the Smithsonian Institution.

Project Mercury was the United States' first human spaceflight program, with a goal of launching a series of one-man capsules into space. Six astronauts flew in Mercury capsules from 1961-63, the first two were lofted into suborbital trajectories by the Redstone rocket, the last four into orbit by the Atlas ICBM.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
McDonnell Aircraft Corp.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles

Materials
steel
Dimensions
Overall: 68 in. tall x 78 in. wide (172.7 x 198.1cm)

This artifact was used in 50 drop tests to qualify the Mercury capsule for recovery on land and sea. A boilerplate is a mockup of the same external weight and size as a flight production model, but usually made out of steel. The design and function of a spacecraft can be evaluated without endangering human life or incurring the expense associated with a real spacecraft. In September 1967 NASA transferred this drop test vehicle to the Smithsonian Institution.

Project Mercury was the United States' first human spaceflight program, with a goal of launching a series of one-man capsules into space. Six astronauts flew in Mercury capsules from 1961-63, the first two were lofted into suborbital trajectories by the Redstone rocket, the last four into orbit by the Atlas ICBM.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
McDonnell Aircraft Corp.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles

Materials
steel
Dimensions
Overall: 68 in. tall x 78 in. wide (172.7 x 198.1cm)

ID: A19680250000