THE APOLLO GUIDANCE COMPUTER

Architecture and Operation

Frank O'Brien

THE APOLLO GUIDANCE COMPUTER: Architecture and Operation By today's standards, the on-board computer used by the Apollo astronauts 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 the astronauts. It describes the full range of technologies required in order to fly the Apollo lunar missions, and which enabled the astronauts to fly to the Moon - and back!


Table of Contents

Author's preface
Acknowledgements

0. The state of the art
1. The AGC hardware
2. The Executive and Interpreter
3. The basics of guidance and navigation
4. Mission programs and operations

Epilogue
Appendices
Glossary of terms and abbreviations
Bibliography
Illustration credits
Index


Extent: 456 pages
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4419-0876-6



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