January marks 60th anniversary of turbine engine testing for AEDC J-1 engine test cell

A full-scale replica of the Gemini adapter section and base of capsule is being prepared for simulated high altitude test of emergency abort system occurring in 1963 in the AEDC J-1 test cell at Arnold Air Force Base. The linear shaped explosive charge, which encircles the adapter section (the larger right-hand portion of this test installation), is set off to free the capsule from the booster, then the capsule retrorockets are fired to push the capsule away from the booster. The test showed modifications are needed to provide for successful emergency aborts. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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