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[i]BP-12 was shipped to White Sands Missile Range a few days after it underwent a DEI inspection at El Segundo, Calif. on 10-12 September 1963.
It was mated to the Little Joe II launch vehicle on 30 March 1964 and the flight took place on 13 May 1964.
Except for a parachute failure, spacecraft and LES functioned flawlessly. All but one test objective was met: because of excessive spacecraft oscillation at the time the main parachutes were deployed, one riser was dragged across the spacecraft structure and severed. The shroud lines of the now freed parachute burned a gore in one of the two remaining parachutes.
Although the damaged gore failed, these two main parachutes deployed normally. BP-12 landed 828 meters (22400) feet downrange about five minutes and 50 seconds after liftoff. At impact, its rate of descent was 7.9 meters (26 feet) per second, 0.06 meters (two feet) per second faster than planned but still within human tolerances.[/i]
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