202 mission was the second test of the Apollo spacecraft Command
and Service Modules and the third flight test of the Saturn I
rocket in preparation for human missions orbiting the Earth.
purposes of the mission were to evaluate the Saturn 1B launch
vehicle and to determine the performance of the spacecraft heat
shield during a high-heat load long-duration entry that would
simulate the double heat pulse type of lunar entry.
included the verification of operations of Saturn propulsion,
guidance and control and electrical subsystems; to verify the
operation of spacecraft subsystems and adequacy of heatshield
for re-entry from low-Earth orbit; and to evaluate emergency detection
system in an open-loop configuration.
for this mission were achieved.