The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture And Operation (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)

The Apollo Guidance Computer Architecture And Operation Springer Praxis Books Space Exploration The technological marvel that facilitated the Apollo missions to the Moon was the on board computer In the s most computers filled an entire room but the spacecraft s computer was required to be

  • Title: The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture And Operation (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)
  • Author: Frank O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9781441908766
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 cThe 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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    1. Frank O'Brien is a gifted engineer who introduces the Apollo Guidance Computer step by step or should I say register by register. After the core knowledge of the processing system the book switches to an overview of the program sequence and basics to guidance and navigation of the Apollo spacecraft. Overall a great book about the Apollo missions.

    2. If you've read books like Digital Apollo and wanted more information about the hardware and software that went into the Apollo Guidance Computer, this is the book for you. Thick with nuanced details about the inner workings of the AGC, you'll learn a lot about how a highly resilient and capable system was made in the late 1960s. What you won't learn, however, is the design process or the writing of the software. It reads much like a technical manual for the AGC rather than a detailed history.

    3. Though at times very dry, and a bit surprising at the number of typos, this book is a must read for engineers of all types. Before there were very many integrated circuit chips floating around, NASA took a gamble on them to meet the size, weight, and power requirements for getting men to the moon and back. Even back in the 1960's, engineers were having to more with less. A situation we still find today when "COGs" is often waved around by the bean counters.

    4. Fascinating look, from both a computer engineering and computer science perspective, at the details of the computer that made the moon missions possible. Amazing what the engineers came up with, both working within the constraints of the available technology while also pushing the boundary of technology.

    5. A towering master work on what, admittedly is a fairly niche subject but if you want the real details on the computers that played a vital role in putting humans on the moon then read this. This book is more of a computer science text than a general historical book however, so beware of this.

    6. Bit esoteric for my taste. While I enjoy a technical read this one went a bit far over my head. Later chapters more of what I hoped for but a little short on analysis

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