Lot 514: Apollo-era Command Module Uprighting System Circuit Breaker panel assembly, 12 x 4 x 10.5, complete with its interior components. Designated Panel 278 to be used after splashdown to energize the system that maneuvered the capsule (if inverted after splashdown in the 'Stable II position') to an upright orientation (Stable I) for egress. Assembly interior has a metal label which reads, in part: "Panel Assy 278, Uprighting System…Serial 06362AAH7261." Front of the panel has two circuit breakers for air compressors labeled at the top, "Uprighting System," and two pyro breakers labeled, "S IV B/LM SEP." In fine condition. This system was installed on all Command Modules and would be activated after splashdown if the CM landed upside-down or on its side. The activation of the compressors inflated three spheres at the top of the capsule causing the capsule to attain proper orientation onto its main heat shield, allowing the astronauts to exit through the main hatch.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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