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The Apollo Guidance Computer

Architecture and Operation

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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 in order to fly the Apollo lunar missions

  • It is primarily space history, but crosses into computer science and electrical and aerospace engineering sufficiently to appeal to these professional interests

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Space Exploration (SPACEE)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. The AGC hardware

    Pages 11-98
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 365-439

About this book

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!

Keywords

  • Apollo computer architecture
  • Apollo flight software
  • Apollo on-board computer
  • aerospace engineering
  • space engineering

Reviews

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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • West Windsor, USA

    Frank O’Brien

About the editor

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.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4419-0877-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)