CAPCOM

What was that on your yaw?

Scott Carpenter

I have the yaw needle on the 250 stop.

Scott Carpenter

I will not cage until after I get rid of the balloon, and then I can start a slow yaw to the left to pick it off the stop.

CAPCOM

Roger. Can you turn your wobulator on now and leave it on?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. It has been on, and I haven't touched it.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

Do you want it off?

CAPCOM

Roger. On and off in approximately 20-second intervals.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, wobulator going off—Now.

CAPCOM

Roger. We're relaying this.

Scott Carpenter

Am I in a position to do a 360 [degree] roll for them at this time?

CAPCOM

Your 00 yaw; you do have a yaw input in.

Scott Carpenter

Could we do this 360 [degree] roll on this pass at White Sands?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Cape. Loud and clear and break, break. Guaymas, the wobulator is back on now.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Cape. Go ahead.

CAPCOM

Roger Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com back on HF. Give me your report.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Control mode, manual; gyros normal; the maneuver switch is off. Fuel is 45-45 [percent]; oxygen is 70 [percent], or, correction, oxygen is 80 and 100 [percent]. Suit temperature is 68 [degrees], now and coming down pretty well. Suit steam vent temperature is 69 [degrees], and beginning to be a little more comfortable. Over.

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CAPCOM

Roger: and how do you feel, now?

Scott Carpenter

I feel pretty good. Still warm.

CAPCOM

Okay, sounds like you'll be all right.

CAPCOM

Did you—your normal balloon release time will be 3 plus 34, Scott?

CAPCOM

Roger, can you describe the balloon and its actions a little to us?

Scott Carpenter

Yes, it has a random drift. There is no oscillation that I can predict whatsoever. The—the line leading to the balloon sometimes is tight; sometimes is loose—loose enough, so that there are loops in it. Its—its behaviour is strictly random as far as I can tell. The balloon is not inflated well either. It's an oblong shape out there, rather than a round figure; and I believe when the sun is on it, the day-glow orange is the most brilliant, and the silver. That's about all I can tell you, Gus.

CAPCOM

Roger. Surgeon suggests that you drink as much water as you can. Drink it as often as you can.

CAPCOM

Retrosequence times for area 3 B and 3 C are nominal.

Scott Carpenter

3 B and 3 C nominal. Roger.

CAPCOM

And we recommend you go to normal on your gyros with the maneuver switch off.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. The gyros are normal and the maneuver switch is off.

CAPCOM

Would you give us your—your temperature control valve settings, please?

Scott Carpenter

Roger, suit is 7.5, cabin is about 10. That's 10 on the cabin and 5 on the inverters. Over.

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CAPCOM

Stand by for Z cal.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, standing by.

Scott Carpenter

Mark a tensiometer reading. It's as tight as I've—as it gets.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com.

Scott Carpenter

Go ahead, Cap Com.

CAPCOM

. . . drifting flight yet?

CAPCOM

Have you done any drifting flight?

Scott Carpenter

That is Roger. And if I am to save fuel for retrosequence, I think I better start again. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, I agree with you.