ORIGINAL BOILERPLATE GEMINI CAPSULE

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Lot 27
ORIGINAL BOILERPLATE GEMINI CAPSULE

Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium

The Space History Sale

21 Apr 2015, 10:00 EDT

New York

ORIGINAL BOILERPLATE GEMINI CAPSULE

Boilerplate Gemini Capsule, 9.5 feet tall by 7.5 feet wide, approximately 3500 lbs. Serial number "MSC 313," bottom painted orange with white stenciled lettering, interior unadorned. Lacking access hatch.

A boilerplate Gemini spacecraft, one of seven produced for testing weight and flotation prior to mission. Also known as a DemoSat or mass simulator, it is a nonfunctional craft or payload used to test various configurations and basic size, load, and handling characteristics of rocket launch vehicles as a cost-saving measure. This particular example was used in preparation for the Mercury missions, which employed the Gemini capsule in the early stages of the project. The capsule would be the only portion of the Gemini and Mercury spacecraft to return to Earth after accomplishing their missions, and as such required the most stringent and varied tests in order to ensure crew survivability. These frequently included water impact, flotation, parachute, environmental control and high-dynamic-pressure tests, amongst others. In the event, this vigorous testing proved to be of great worth: there were no disasters resulting in injury or loss of life in flight during the manned Gemini and Mercury missions. The "MSC" section of the serial number stands for "Manned Spacecraft Center," the original name for the Johnson Space Center.

Please note that this capsule is being sold in situ, and is currently located in Kansas City, Missouri. Interested parties who wish to view the capsule are invited to contact the specialist for this sale, Cassandra Hatton (+1 212 461 6531, [email protected]), to make arrangements. The successful buyer will be responsible for the timely disassembly if required, removal and shipping of this lot from its current location at buyer's expense by no later than May 21.
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25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3,000 up to and including $400,000;
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