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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering | The Apollo Guidance Computer

The Apollo Guidance Computer

Architecture and Operation

O'Brien, Frank

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2010, 300p. 30 illus..

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  • The first comprehensive description of the Apollo guidance computer, ranging from its internal organisation to its user interface and flight software
  • Describes the technologies required to fly the Apollo lunar missions
  • Primarily space history, but crosses into computer science and electrical and aerospace engineering sufficiently to appeal to these professional interests
By today's standards, the on-board computer used by the Apollo astronaut's was a primitive affair, but in an age when most computers filled an entire room, this was small, required little power, and incorporated several technologies that were revolutionary for its time. This is the first book to fully describe the Apollo guidance computer's architecture, Executive software, and the programs used by astronauts. It describes the full range of technologies required in order to fly the Apollo lunar missions, and whicn enabled the astronauts to fly to the Moon - and back!

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Apollo computer architecture - Apollo flight software - Apollo on-board computer - aerospace engineering - space engineering

Related subjects » Mechanical Engineering

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