Computer Apollo space program brings tens of thousands of dollars on




The interface of the Apollo Guidance Computer has at an auction in the US Boston this month $ 65189.60 raised. This amounts to approximately 59 385 euro. The device was built by NASA in every Apollo lunar module and command module.

Build a control computer that fits in an Apollo command module. That was exactly the job that scientists from the American MIT Instrumentation Laboratory got for the mission to the moon in the early sixties. The researchers were faced with a serious problem. At the time, computers were huge, and they fit just impossible in a spacecraft.

Led by Charles Draper and Eldon Hall, the MIT scientists developed the Apollo Guidance Computer. They introduced the computer in August 1966 and the device was a 61 to 32 and 17 centimeters for that time quite compact. The Apollo Guidance Computer, or AGC, made before the first use of integrated circuits. There were two versions: the Block I and Block II the more powerful variant, which were respectively for unmanned and manned missions.

An important component for the AGC was the interface, also known as the dsky-unit. Specifically, this was a keyboard which consisted of nineteen keys and a display. The interface could astronauts, including the world-famous astronaut Neil Armstrong , enter commands to operate the spacecraft. The AGC had access to 16-bit on word length, including 15 data bits and 1 parity bit .

An auction house in Boston sold an Apollo Guidance Computer interface this month. The device, which was also used for landing on the moon, eventually produced tens of thousands of euros. It is not known who walked away with the interface.


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