Gemini Hatch Latch
  • A main Project Gemini objective was to demonstrate the feasibility of working outside of the spacecraft.
  • The Gemini spacecraft hatch was designed to be opened and closed in space to allow an astronaut to leave the vehicle, known as Extravehicular Activity (EVA).
  • 12 latch assemblies on each hatch allowed the hatch to be locked securely.
  • Latch assemblies shown at top were modeled using SolidWorks. Dimensioned McDonnell engineering drawings were referenced to create the models.
  • Latch model at left is locked; latch model at right is unlocked.
  • Background photo shows Gemini IV right hatch at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

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