John Glenn

Hello, Canary, Friendship Seven. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Canary CapCom. Read you loud and clear. Over.

John Glenn

Canary, Friendship Seven. Roger. Control check complete. Capsule in ASCS and holding. I have booster in sight out the window. It's probably about 1 mile away and going down under my position and a little bit to my left. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Everything is still Go. Capsule is in fine shape. Holding pressure at 5.8. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Canary Cap Com. Do you read? Over.

John Glenn

Hello, Canary Cap Com, loud and clear on HF. How me? Over.

CAPCOM

I read you loud and clear. Would you give me your fuel on your control systems check.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. Control systems cheek was perfect. Control systems checks perfect, Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven, understand control systems check was perfect.

John Glenn

That's affirmative.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this Canary Cap Com. Could you get started with your station report? Over.

John Glenn

Hello, Canary, Friend Seven. Repeat please. Over.

CAPCOM

What is your space, spacecraft station, status report?

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Standby. I'm getting out some equipment. Over.

John Glenn

Hello, Canary, Friendship Seven, switching to UHF. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, Canary Cap Com. Say, again.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, Canary Cap Com. Read you.

John Glenn

Hello, Canary, Friendship Seven on UHF. How now? Over.

CAPCOM

I read you loud and clear.

John Glenn

Roger, understand loud and clear. I read you much better also, than I did on HF. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven, Everything is going fine.

John Glenn

Getting, getting some of the equipment together. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. What is your spacecraft status report? Over.

John Glenn

Roger. Standby, Will give status report. I am in orbit attitude for your tracking. Status report, follows: Fuses all number one except Tower Sep number two. Emergency Retrosequence, Emergency Retrojettison, and Emergency Drogue are in the center-off position, Squib is Armed. Auto Retrojettison is off. ASCS is normal, auto, gyro normal. All “T” handles are in the “in”-position. Retro Delay is normal. Cabin Lights are on both. Photo Lights are still on. Telemetry Low Frequency is on. Rescue Aids are on automatic. Ah, Jettison Tower, and Sep Capsule lights are out. The pressure regulator is still in the “in”-position. Launch control is on. All sequence panel positions are normal except Landing Bag is off. Are you receiving? Over.

CAPCOM

Understand. We have telemetry solid.

John Glenn

Roger, you have telemetry solid

John Glenn

Control fuel is 90-98 [percent], I repeat, 90-98 [percent].

CAPCOM

Automatic fuel is 90 [percent], 98 [percent].

John Glenn

That is affirmative. Attitude: roll 0 [degrees], yaw 2 [degrees] right, pitch —33 [degrees]. Rates are all indicating zero. I am on ASCS at present time. The clock is still set for time to ret, for retrograde time of 04 plus 32 plus 28. I have retrograde times okay from Bermuda. Cabin pressure holding steady at 5.7. Cabin air 90 [degrees]. Relative humidity, 30 [percent]. Coolant quantity is 68 [percent]. Suit environment is 65. Suit pressure is indicating 5.8. Steam temperature 60 [degrees] on the suit. I am very comfortable. However, I do not want to turn it down just yet. Primary oxygen is 78 [percent]; secondary, 102 [percent]. Main bus is 24. Number one is 25, 25, 25. Standby one is 26; Standby two is 25; Isolated, 29, and back on main. Ammeter is indicating 23. ASCS is 112. Fans are 112. Over.

CAPCOM

I understand, I understand your retrosequence time is 04 32 28. Over.

John Glenn

That is affirmative. That's what's set in the clock. The horizon is a brilliant, a brilliant blue. There, I have the mainland in sight at present time coming tip on the scope, and have Canaries in sight out through the window and picked them up on the scope just before I saw them out of the window. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. This is Canary CapCom. Repeat blood pressure check, repeat blood pressure check.

John Glenn

Roger, repeating blood pressure check now. Starting, pumping up.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Have beautiful view of the African Coast, both in the scope, and out the window. Out the window is by far the best view.

John Glenn

Part of the Canaries was hidden by clouds.

CAPCOM

Roger, I read you. We're getting the blood pressure now.

John Glenn

Roger, Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven this is Canary CapCom. Your, your medical status is green; it looks okay.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. What is blood pressure? Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven. Your blood pressure is 120 over 80, repeat 120 over 80.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Canary CapCom. Your 150 volt-amp inverter is 175°, and holding.

John Glenn

Roger. Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Your 250 volt-amp inverter temperature is 150 [degrees], and holding.

John Glenn

Friendship Seven. Roger.

CAPCOM

Your auto fuel line temperature is 70°, your manual fuel line temperature is 100°.

CAPCOM

Negative, your auto fuel line temperature was 70°, 70°.

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John Glenn

Roger, very good.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven standing by. I am slightly behind on my checklist at present time. Will get caught up.

CAPCOM

Roger, this is Canary CapCom standing by.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven still on ASCS. I can see dust storms down there blowing across the desert, a lot of dust; it's difficult to see the ground in some areas. Over.

CAPCOM

Seven, you are fading; how me? Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Kano Cap Com, I read you loud and clear. How do you read me? Over.

John Glenn

Roger, Kano, loud and clear; how me?

CAPCOM

Roger, loud and clear. What is your status? Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. My status is excellent. I feel fine. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. I monitored part of your conversation over Canary and heard your comments on the weather over Africa. Will you give us status report? Over.

John Glenn

Roger, this is Friendship Seven. Fuel, 90-98 [percent]. Oxygen, 78-100 [percent]. Cabin pressure holding 5.6 at the present time. Have very little dirt floating around in the capsule, just a little bit and preferring to take xylose pill at present time. Unsealing the, going to unseal the faceplate. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. Your exhaust temperature please. Over.

John Glenn

Say again. Standby one, taking xylose.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Kano Cap Com. Can you give us the reading on your exhaust temperature?

John Glenn

Say again, Kano. Over.

CAPCOM

Reading on your exhaust temperature.

John Glenn

Roger. Steam temperature is 59 [degrees]. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Friendship Seven. We have TM solid. If you want, we will standby while you do your yaw maneuver and check your systems.

John Glenn

Roger. Friendship Seven. I am taking xylose pill now.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven, understand.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven, going to, UHF low for cheek. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven.

John Glenn

Hello, Kano. Friendship Seven. UHF Low; how now? Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Kano Cap Com. Say again.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven on UHF Low. How do you receive me? Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Kano. Read you loud and clear.

John Glenn

Roger, Kano, going back to UHF Hi. Over.

CAPCOM

We have a temperature of 189° on your 150 volt inverter and 150° your 250 volt inverter.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven on UHF Hi again. Understand inverter temperatures.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. We will standby while you do your yaw maneuver. Over.

John Glenn

Roger, this is Friendship Seven, starting in yaw maneuver. I'm about 40 seconds late on that one. Starting yaw maneuver at present time. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand.

John Glenn

Going to manual control.

John Glenn

Correction, going to fly-by-wire. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand on fly-by-wire for yaw maneuver.

John Glenn

That's affirmative.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven, having no trouble controlling on fly-by-wire. Drift is coming around at about 1° per second, and holding attitude okay in other axes. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Check drift at 1° per second and holding attitude okay all axes, I have your retrosequence time for Area 1 Charlie.

John Glenn

Standby. Will get it later; I'm in the middle of yaw maneuver at present time. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven at 60° right yaw, and holding temporarily. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. 60° right yaw and holding.

John Glenn

Attitudes all well within limits. I have no problem holding attitude with fly-by-wire at all. Very easy. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, check fly-by-wire is very easy. Our telemetry checks all your systems out okay. Are you ready for retrosequence time?

John Glenn

Negative, not yet. I'll pick it up possibly at next station if I lose contact with you. I'm still on manual control here on fly-by-wire. Over.