Some Follow-up

A few links to articles and sites related to Apollo Computing.

Your Smart Toaster Can’t Hold a Candle to the Apollo Computer, by The Atlantic, echoes my admiration for the capabilities and achievements of the AGC.

Virtual AGC – AGS – LVDC – Gemini: a whole website dedicated to the AGC and its software. In fact, it’s a whole project of a group of nerds. Heck, they even restored an actual AGC computer! Yes, the hardware. If you’re into this kind of thing, there’s a virtual AGC to play with, and a flight simulator. Don’t get put off by the website design and look. Just kidding. Lots of gems there, down to the schematics.

NASA chooses MSU researchers’ computer for trial on moon, by AP News, describes an approach to use off-the-shelf micro-processors in space with its ever-present hostile radiation. I am not sure I would like continuous error-correction as the normal modus operandi. And how much does the computer hardware contribute to the whole mission cost? So is it wise to skimp on this mission-critical part? But what do I know.

NASA Reopens Apollo Mission Control Room That Once Landed Men on Moon, by the New York Times. The concept and implementation of the control room was a major innovation as well 50 years ago, with a monitor-equipped console for each task.