SP-4012 NASA HISTORICAL DATA BOOK: VOLUME III
PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS 1969-1978
 

 

Table 2-37. Apollo 9 Characteristics

 

Date of launch (ETR launch complex #):

March 3, 1969 (39A)

Official mission designation:

AS-504

Spacecraft designation (name):

SM-104

CM-104 (Gumdrop)

LM-3 (Spider)

Launch vehicle designation (class):

SA-504 (Saturn V)

Spacecraft weight (kg):

43 196

Spacecraft shape, dimensions (m):

Command module:

truncated cone

length, 3.63

diameter of base, 3.9

Service module:

cylindrical with extended engine nozzle

length, 6.88

diameter, 3.9

Lunar module, ascent stage:

roughly cylindrical with angular faces

height, 3.75

diameter, 4.29

Lunar module, descent stage:

cruciform platform supported by 4 legs

height, 3.23

width from opposite legs, 9.45

Crew:

James A. McDivitt, Commander; David R. Scott, CM pilot; Russell L. Schweikart, LM pilot

Backup crew:

Charles Conrad, Jr, Commander; Alan L. Bean, CM pilot; Richard F. Gordon, LM pilot

Apogee/perigee at insertion (km):

189.5 x 192.4

No. of earth orbits:

151

Period: approx.

90 min.

Length of mission:

241:00:54 (10+ days)

Mission events (date, time, ground elapsed time):

.

launch

March 3

11:00:00 a.m. EST

00:00:00

S-IC engine cutoff

.

11:02:43

00:02:43

S-ll engine cutoff

11:08:56

00:08:56

earth orbit insertion

11:11:15

00:11:15

CSM/LM docking

2:01:59 p.m.

03:01:59

CSM-S-IVB separation

3:08:06

04:08:06

LM descent propulsion system burn

March 5

12:41:35 p.m.

49:41:35

CSM-LM separation

March 7

8:02:54 a.m.

93:02:54

LM ascent propulsion system burn

.

11:58:15

96:58:15

CSM-LM docking

2:02:26 p.m.

99:02:26

CM-SM separation

March 13

11:36:04 a.m.

240:36:04

splashdown

.

12:00:54 p.m.

241:00:54

EVA time:

00:37:00 (Schweickart)

Earth landing coordinates:

67°56'W, 23°15'N (Atlantic O.)

Recovery ship:

USS Cuadalcanal (crew onboard in 49 min.)

Mission objectives:

Demonstrate crew-space vehicle-mission support facilities performance during a manned Saturn V mission with the CSM and LM in earth orbit; demonstrate LMcrew performance; demonstrate performance of nominal and selected backup lunar orbit rendezvous mission activities; CSM-LM consulables assessment.

Results:

All objectives were achieved; first active docking of the LM and CSM. The LM's ascent and descent propulsion systems checked out satisfactorily. Launch was originally set for Feb. 28, but all crew members were suffering from a mild virus respiratory illness, and the mission was rescheduled.

 

Reference: NASA Hq., "Apollo 9 Post-launch Mission Operation Report," M-932, 69-09, May 6,1969.


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