USAF Gemini-MOL

The Air Force planned to use a modified Gemini capsule in its Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program. Modifications included cutting a hatch in the heat shield to allow the astronauts access to the lab. This modification was tested aboard an unmanned reflight of the Gemini 2 capsule aboard an MOL mockup flown on a Titan IIIC in November 1966. The program was canceled before any production hardware was finished.








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