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Eldon C Hall and Richard Jansson
Research and development in the field of air- and space-vehicle guidance systems places an ever increasing premium on lightweight, small-size, rugged and reliable avionic equipment. The electronic devices used, though becoming more complex, are also necessarily becoming more compact to allow the maxi- mum possible equipment per cubic foot and the least possible weight to be taken with the vehicle on its mission. They must also be able to operate satisfactorily under an extremely wide range of environmental conditions, particularly those of temperature, humidity, vibration, and acceleration or shock.
A considerable reduction in electronic package size and weight has been achieved through the use of tight designs with existing printed-circuit techniques and miniature components. Manufacturers have been showing new lines of components that are radically smaller than their equivalent of five years ago and this, combined with printed circuitry, has resulted in extremely compact and small electronic systems.
Eldon C. Hall
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
This is a personal memoir of my involvement from the beginnings of digital computers through the design of the Polaris missile guidance system to the Apollo Guidance Computer that put men on the Moon.
http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/history/history.html not found at NASA KSC.
http://www.nasm.edu/nasm/dsh/TRANSCPT/SEAMANS5.HTM not found at the Air and Space Museum www site.
http://hrst.mit.edu/hrs/apollo/public/archive/1725.pdf was not found.
James A. Hand
Seventy-six days after the President of the United States committed the nation to a manned lunar-landing program, the Charles Stark Draper (formerly Instrumentation) Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology received the first major contract of the APOLLO program. The Laboratory was to design and implement the requisite hardware and software for the Guidance, Navigation and Control system of the APOLLO spacecraft. Chapter I of this volume of the Final Report discusses the laboratory’s management of the APOLLO project. Chapter II presents salient features in the development of the guidance, navigation and control system hardware. Appendix A contains abstracts of some research and engineering reports and theses prepared under Contracts NAS 9-153 and NAS 9-4065, and Appendix B is a bibliography of all such reports and theses prepared through June 1969.
NASA Johnson Space Center
The purpose of this document is to reflect the last known status of selected end items. It is hoped that it will improve the utilization of the hardware and reduce new procurements and fabrications by using available assets. It also serves as a thumbnail historical reference as well as a quick progress report of items still in production, scheduled for movement, or of current tests.
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