Space Exploration

The Apollo Guidance Computer

Architecture and Operation

Authors: O'Brien, Frank

  • 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
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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!

About the authors

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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From the reviews:

“This exceedingly valuable work will give present day Computer Science students the background to understand how the dramatic breakthroughs in Logical Design, Computer Architecture, Computer Language Interpreters and Real-Time Executive Software was invented, and how it worked in practice. … This excellent reference will form a model for teaching and learning historical Computer Architectures and Software so that future Computer Scientists can understand and learn the original ideas that today guide their field.” (Ira Laefsky, Amazon, September, 2010)

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eBook $34.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-0876-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Apollo Guidance Computer
Book Subtitle
Architecture and Operation
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0877-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0877-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0876-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 440
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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