COOPER'S MERCURY CAPSULE AND TOWER DIAGRAMSIGNED.
Capsule and Tower Separation Distance plot diagram. McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, St. Louis 3, Missouri, February 18, 1959. 17 by 11 inches.
INSCRIBED and SIGNED: "From my notebook, GORDON COOPER, Faith 7."
Three center of gravity (CG) points are plotted with labels of: "CG Capsule, CG Tower," and "CG Capsule and Tower" within a diagram outline of the space vehicle. A "Path of Capsule CG" and "Path of Tower CG" time and range (distance) plot illustrates the separation distance projected for each vehicle component. During normal launch profiles, the escape tower would separate some two and a half minutes after launch. If using a Redstone rocket, that would be after the Redstone engine shutdown. The Atlas rocket would still be under powered flight for an additional two and a half minutes.