AIAA Fellow Details Apollo Guidance Computer Written 23 July 2019

23 July 2019
Mashable reported that the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) contributed to NASA’s lunar landing 50 years ago despite having “less than 80 kilobytes of memory.” The AGC “was revolutionary for its time,” because “in the 1950s, when the prototype was conceived for a hypothetical mission to Mars, there weren’t many tech companies NASA could turn to for help.” Draper Laboratory Technical Staff Member Philip Hattis, who worked on the development of the AGC, said, “It was these kinds of programs that were pushing the technology that created Silicon Valley.” (Image: The display and keyboard (DSKY) interface of the Apollo Guidance Computer mounted on the control panel of the command module, with the flight director attitude indicator (FDAI) above. Credit: Brandrodungswanderfeldhackbau - eigene Arbeitown work, Public Domain | Wikipedia)
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