The Apollo Guidance Computer

Much of this work centered on his primary interests, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) and the Lunar Module. These Journals are generally considered the canonical online reference on the flights to the Moon.

The Apollo Guidance Computer

The technological marvel that facilitated the Apollo missions to the Moon was the on-board computer. In the 1960s most computers filled an entire room, but the spacecraft’s computer was required to be compact and low power. Although people today find it difficult to accept that it was possible to control a spacecraft using such a ‘primitive’ computer, it nevertheless had capabilities that are advanced even by today’s standards. This is the first book to fully describe the Apollo guidance computer’s architecture, instruction format and programs used by the astronauts. As a comprehensive account, it will span the disciplines of computer science, electrical and aerospace engineering. However, it will also be accessible to the ‘space enthusiast’. In short, the intention is for this to be the definitive account of the Apollo guidance computer. Frank O’Brien’s interest in the Apollo program began as a serious amateur historian. About 12 years ago, he began performing research and writing essays for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and the Apollo Flight Journal. Much of this work centered on his primary interests, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) and the Lunar Module. These Journals are generally considered the canonical online reference on the flights to the Moon. He was then asked to assist the curatorial staff in the creation of the Cradle of Aviation Museum, on Long Island, New York, where he helped prepare the Lunar Module simulator, a LM procedure trainer and an Apollo space suit for display. He regularly lectures on the Apollo computer and related topics to diverse groups, from NASA's computer engineering conferences, the IEEE/ACM, computer festivals and university student groups.

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The Apollo Guidance Computer
Language: en
Pages: 440
Authors: Frank O'Brien
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-06-25 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

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Journey to the Moon
Language: en
Pages: 196
Authors: Eldon C. Hall
Categories: Computers
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics)

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
The Apollo Guidance Computer
Language: en
Pages: 27
Authors: Ramon L. Alonso, Albert L. Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Instrumentation Laboratory
Categories: Electronic digital computers
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Case History of the Apollo Guidance Computer
Language: en
Pages: 36
Authors: Eldon C. Hall
Categories: Space flight to the moon
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Digital Apollo
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: David A. Mindell
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-30 - Publisher: MIT Press

How human pilots and automated systems worked together to achieve the ultimate in flight—the lunar landings of NASA's Apollo program. As Apollo 11's Lunar Module descended toward the moon under automatic control, a program alarm in the guidance computer's software nearly caused a mission abort. Neil Armstrong responded by switching