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Manufacturer:
Honeywell Co.  Search this
Materials:
Aluminum case, with interior parts of plastic and other materials.
Dimensions:
3-D: 12.7 x 22.9 x 12.7cm (5 x 9 x 5 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1961
Summary:
The Mercury space capsule carried this device, designed by the Honeywell Corporation, which allowed the astronaut to see his orbital track and heading. For example, it indicated when the spacecraft was passing over a ground station or a landing site. The device was a simple globe, driven by a clockwork mechanism. Once in a stable orbit, the astronaut would wind up the clockwork, and set the position of a tiny scale model of the Mercury capsule, under which the globe would rotate.
This specimen was flown aboard MA-4, an unmanned Mercury flight that preceeded the manned flights.
Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1972.
Credit Line:
Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19721170000
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
Time and Navigation
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv921975263-075e-4cb2-b846-7e48ac5f3d9a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19721170000