Boilerplate, Gemini

This Gemini boilerplate, nicknamed "El Kabong I," was used for soft-landing drop tests as part of the Para-Sail program. Dropped from an aircraft, the Gemini capsule was suspended from a Para-Sail as it descended to a landing site at Fort Hood, TX in August 1965. At 12.5 feet above the ground, altitude sensors fired landing rockets and the vehicle skidded to a stop on its landing gear. The system was never man-rated or used for actual Gemini flights.

In 1977 NASA transferred title to "El Kabong I" to the Smithsonian Institution.

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: 10 ft. 10 in. tall x 7 ft. 5 in. diameter (330.2 x 226.06cm)

This Gemini boilerplate, nicknamed "El Kabong I," was used for soft-landing drop tests as part of the Para-Sail program. Dropped from an aircraft, the Gemini capsule was suspended from a Para-Sail as it descended to a landing site at Fort Hood, TX in August 1965. At 12.5 feet above the ground, altitude sensors fired landing rockets and the vehicle skidded to a stop on its landing gear. The system was never man-rated or used for actual Gemini flights.

In 1977 NASA transferred title to "El Kabong I" to the Smithsonian Institution.

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: 10 ft. 10 in. tall x 7 ft. 5 in. diameter (330.2 x 226.06cm)

ID: A19830090000