Phase 2: Earth orbits

CAPCOM

We have a Go, with a 7-orbit capability.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Sweet words.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, turnaround has stopped. I'm pitching down. I have the moon in the center of the window, and the booster off to the right slightly.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

Fly-by-wire is good in all axes; my pitch attitude is high; coming down now.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. The control system on fly-by-wire is very good. I have the booster in the center of the window now, tumbling very slowly.

CAPCOM

Roger, Aurora Seven. Understand. You sound real good.

Scott Carpenter

A steady stream of gas, white gas, out of the sustainer engine. Going to ASCS now.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

ASCS seems to be holding very well. I have a small island just below me.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, standby for retrosequence times.

CAPCOM

Area 1 B is 17 17.

CAPCOM

Roger, standby for later times. That's all I have right now.

CAPCOM

Roger, Sequence time for end of orbit.

Scott Carpenter

Send your message.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, retrosequence time for end of orbit—28 26.

CAPCOM

End of mission, 04 32 39.

CAPCOM

Negative 04 3, 04 32 39.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Understand, 04 32 39.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, I have copied.

Scott Carpenter

ASCS looks good, all fly-by-wire thrusters appear to be good in all axes. Going to—beginning to unstow the equipment.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, and the SECO checklist is complete. She peaked at 6.3[g's].

CAPCOM

Cap Com. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Go ahead, Gus. Loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com. Over.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Loud and clear, Gus. How me?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com. If you read, retro delay to normal?

Scott Carpenter

Retro delay normal. Roger.

CAPCOM

. . . igee 86 [nautical miles].

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Copied perigee 86 [nautical miles]. Did not get apogee.

Scott Carpenter

Mark. One picture of the booster. Going to transmit and record now. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, . . . 10, 11, 12 pictures of the booster, traveling right down the center of the booster, right down the center of the window.

Scott Carpenter

Going over the insertion checklist now. D-c volts is main. Retromanual fuse switch is off. Retromanual is off. All instruments are. All batteries okay. The a-c power is good. The, let's see, where's the booster? There's some beautiful cloud patterns down there. The booster is in front of a large cloud pattern. I seem to be, I seem to be much closer to the earth than I expected to be. The booster is approximately 2 miles away now.

Scott Carpenter

I have some pictures of the booster, maybe 17 or 18, all together. Then going to the horizon, north sweeping south. There is the moon, just setting. Winding the camera at this time.

Scott Carpenter

There are some rather large pieces floating around. The flight plan is now out. Gyros are going to free at 12 33, and I'm going to fly-by-wire to track the booster. I will—this is not a good tracking problem. Our speeds are too close to being the same. I will put it in the center of the right window, plus. I have it right in the center—I feel that—overshot there. Getting ahead of me in pitch.

Scott Carpenter

The high thrusters work well, close tracking should be done on—on fly-by-wire low only. To follow the booster is a tough job with the highs. Gyros are staying within limits pretty well. Elapsed time is 13 56. I have lost sight of the booster at this time. I'll pick up a retroattitude at this time for Canary radar. Large piece of—

Scott Carpenter

Going back to gyros free, or to gyros normal.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven. This is Canary Cap Com. How do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Canary Cap Com. Aurora Seven. Reading you loud and clear. How me?

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CAPCOM

Read you loud and clear also. We have radar track. Please remain in orbit attitude.

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Scott Carpenter

Roger. Understand. I, my control mode is fly-by-wire, gyros normal, maneuver off. I am picking up retroattitude and automatic control very shortly. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Will you verify that your retrodelay switch is in the normal position?

Scott Carpenter

Retrodelay is normal. I say again, retrodelay is normal.

CAPCOM

Roger. Will you please proceed with the short report, fuel and oxygen readings.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Fuel 103-100 [percent]. Oxygen 89-100 [percent]. All the power is good. Aurora seven status is Go in all respects. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Say again fuel, please. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Fuel 103-100 [percent]. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Have copied.

CAPCOM

Please send blood pressure. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Blood pressure start now.

Scott Carpenter

I have, west of your station, many whirls and vortices of cloud patterns. Pictures at this time—2, 3, 4, 5. Control mode is now automatic. I have the booster directly below me. I think my attitude is not in agreement with the instruments. It's probably because of that gyro free period. Outside of a minor difference in attitude indications, everything is proceeding normally.

CAPCOM

Can you confirm orientation, ASCS and fly-by-wire . . . operating normal?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Canary, TS plus 5 is verified. Manual is satisfactory in all axes. Fly-by-wire and auto is satisfactory, all axes. Aux Damp is okay also. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. I have copied. I have new end of orbit, end of mission and 1 Bravo times for you. Are you prepared to copy?

Scott Carpenter

Send your message, Canary.

CAPCOM

Roger. End of orbit time 01 28 17. End of mission, 04 32 27. 1 Bravo 16 plus 56. Did you copy? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. End of orbit 01 28 17, Hotel 04 32 39, 1 Bravo 16 56. Over.

CAPCOM

Correction. Aurora Seven, correction 1 Bravo. Make that 16 plus 52. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Understand. 16 52.

CAPCOM

Roger. Apogee altitude is 143 [nautical miles]. Perigee 86 [nautical miles]. Did you copy? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. 143 and 86 [nautical miles].

CAPCOM

Roger. Here are sunrise and sunset times. Sunrise orbit one: 1 plus 21 plus 00. Sunrise, orbit two: 2 plus 50 plus 00. Sunrise, orbit three: 4 plus 19 plus 00.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Canary. I'm going to have loss of signal before I get these. I want to get some pictures. Have Muchea, or, correction, have Kano send these to me in this order: Sunset, sunrise, sunset, sunrise, break, break. Did you copy?

CAPCOM

— plus 41 plus 20. Did you copy? Over.

Scott Carpenter

That is negative. I'll have to wait awhile for those.

Scott Carpenter

I'll get them from Kann. Thank you.

CAPCOM

Have a blood-pressure reading. Your first attempt was unreadable on the ground. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Okay. It's on the air.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven. This is Kano on UHF/HF. Do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Kano Cap Com. Aurora Seven reads you loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

Roger, Aurora Seven. Kano Cap Com reads you loud and clear. Welcome back, Scott.

CAPCOM

Blood-pressure check, please. Hold your button for 4 seconds and then go through the short report.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Blood-pressure start, nob'. My status is good. The capsule status is good. Furl is 99-98 [percent]. Oxygen, 89-100 [percent]. Cabin is holding good. All d-c power is good. All a-c power is good, 22 amps. Everything is green and you should be reading blood pressure. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. We are reading blood pressure. Do you want to check your UHF low? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Going to UHF low now, stand by 15.

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Kano. Hello, Kano Cap Com. Aurora Seven UHF low. How do you read?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven. Kano Cap Com reads you loud and clear. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Reading you the same. Going back to UHF high.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Kano Cap Com. How do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Loud and clear, Kano. Send your message.

CAPCOM

Roger, Aurora Seven. Are you going to be doing your caging, uncaging procedure now? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I—am a little behind in the flight plan at this moment. I have been unable at this time to install the MIT film. I finally have it. I'll go through the gyro uncaging procedure very shortly.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, the MIT film is now in.

Scott Carpenter

ASCS is operating okay.

CAPCOM

What mode are you on now?