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Gemini Recovery Training Beacon
A Project Gemini recovery beacon, used during training. The beacon emitted a signal, which recovery crews could use to locate spacecraft.
Project Gemini was designed to launch two-person spacecraft into space, to test the systems necessary to send astronauts to the Moon on Project Apollo. Gemini spacecraft were designed to land under parachute at sea, therefore recovery teams (including multiple ships, helicopters, and thousands of personnel) were needed to recover the astronauts at the end of the mission. In order to find a returned spacecraft in the vast ocean, beacons were used to transmit signals that the recovery teams could pick up.
This particular beacon was used by recovery teams to train and perfect their ability to locate the signal and was used on Gemini test vehicles.