Milestone-Nomination:Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC)
Docket Number: 2010-02
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The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was an
on-board digital computer installed in each Apollo program spacecraft. It
provided onboard computation to support spacecraft guidance, navigation and
control. The AGC was the first embedded system, used in real-time by astronaut pilots, to provide flight information and to automatically control navigational
functions of the spacecraft. It was developed during the 1960s under the
leadership of Charles Stark Draper at MIT Instrumentation Laboratory.
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AGC and the associated guidance, navigation and control system components made possible the lunar rendezvous mode trajectory used by the Apollo Program to put the first human beings on the moon and return them safely to earth.
1. Wikipedia, Apollo Guidance Computer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computer
3. John Tylko, MIT and Navigating the Path to the Moon: AeroAstro Magazine Highlights, 2009 MIT
4. David A. Mindell, Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight
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