Computer, Guidance and Navigation, Apollo

Computer, Guidance and Navigation, Apollo

     

The "Block I" Apollo Guidance Computer represented the initial design by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory to meet NASA specifications for on-board Guidance, Navigation, and Control needed for a Lunar Mission. It was replaced by a more advanced design, called "Block II," as the Apollo program matured. Block I computers were flown on three unmanned Apollo tests between August 1966 and April 1968.

This computer is an unflown, fully functional unit. It was built by the Raytheon Corporation, and used about 4,000 Integrated Circuits supplied mainly by the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. NASA transferred this computer to the Museum in 1972.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory
Manufacturer
Raytheon Corp.

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Materials
Aluminum Alloy
Stainless Steel
Synthetic Rubber
Plastic
Copper Alloy
Paint
Steel
Magnesium Alloy
Cadmium plating
Dimensions
3-D: 62.2 × 39.4 × 14.6cm (24 1/2 × 15 1/2 × 5 3/4 in.)
Storage: 78.7 × 48.7 × 22.2cm (31 × 19 3/16 × 8 3/4 in.)

The "Block I" Apollo Guidance Computer represented the initial design by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory to meet NASA specifications for on-board Guidance, Navigation, and Control needed for a Lunar Mission. It was replaced by a more advanced design, called "Block II," as the Apollo program matured. Block I computers were flown on three unmanned Apollo tests between August 1966 and April 1968.

This computer is an unflown, fully functional unit. It was built by the Raytheon Corporation, and used about 4,000 Integrated Circuits supplied mainly by the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. NASA transferred this computer to the Museum in 1972.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory
Manufacturer
Raytheon Corp.

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Materials
Aluminum Alloy
Stainless Steel
Synthetic Rubber
Plastic
Copper Alloy
Paint
Steel
Magnesium Alloy
Cadmium plating
Dimensions
3-D: 62.2 × 39.4 × 14.6cm (24 1/2 × 15 1/2 × 5 3/4 in.)
Storage: 78.7 × 48.7 × 22.2cm (31 × 19 3/16 × 8 3/4 in.)

ID: A19720342000