Journey to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Guidance Computer

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AIAA, 1996 - Computers - 196 pages
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evolution of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Mr. Hall contends that the development of the Apollo computer supported and motivated the semiconductor industry during a time when integrated circuits were just emerging. This was the period just before the electronics revolution that gave birth to modern computers. In addition, the book recalls the history of computer technology, both hardware and software, and the applications of digital computing to missile guidance systems and manned spacecraft. The book also offers graphics and photos drawn from the Draper Laboratories archives that illustrate the technology and related events during the Apollo project. Written for experts as well as lay persons, Journey to the Moon is the first book of its kind and a must for anyone interested in the history of science and the relevance of computer technology to space exploration.
 

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Contents

Memory Components
24
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory
37
Requirements
53
In The BeginningApollo Computer
69
IntegratedCircuit Proposal
82
Block I Computers
95
Production
100
System Integration
103
NextGenerationBlock II
117
Naysayers Revisited
133
Assembly
146
Mission Software
161
Finale
179
Appendix
183
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