Gemini Spacecraft

Organization Description

Right Control Panel 

Docking System

Emergency Release Switch 

Emergency Release Switch

Switch to initiate the emergency separation sequence by pressing an emergency release switch in the crew station. This switch fires pyrotechnic igniters at each of the three docking latch locations, separating the latch receptacle from the spacecraft. The pilots then fire thrusters to back out of the docking cone. The latch covers are released and the index bar Jettisoned at retrograde adapter Jettison. The emergency separation sequence permanently removes the docking capabilities of the spacecraft.