Display, Keyboard, Apollo Guidance Computer

The Display Keyboard (DSKY), designed by the Raytheon Corporation, was the method by which Apollo astronauts communicated with the computers on board the Apollo Command and Lunar Modules. A command module had two DSKYs: one on the main control panel and one in the lower navigation bay. The lunar module had one, identical DSKY. The interface consisted of a simple numerical keyboard, a row of status lights, and a set of lighted numerical indicators. Astronauts instructed the computer by keying in numerical codes in a "verb - noun" sequence.

This specimen is one of several transferred from NASA to the Museum at the end of the Apollo program. It is not known whether it was installed in a flown spacecraft.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Raytheon Production Corp.

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Materials
Case: metal. Plastic keys and displays. Electronic components inside.
Dimensions
3-D: 20.3 x 22.9 x 17.8cm (8 x 9 x 7 in.)

The Display Keyboard (DSKY), designed by the Raytheon Corporation, was the method by which Apollo astronauts communicated with the computers on board the Apollo Command and Lunar Modules. A command module had two DSKYs: one on the main control panel and one in the lower navigation bay. The lunar module had one, identical DSKY. The interface consisted of a simple numerical keyboard, a row of status lights, and a set of lighted numerical indicators. Astronauts instructed the computer by keying in numerical codes in a "verb - noun" sequence.

This specimen is one of several transferred from NASA to the Museum at the end of the Apollo program. It is not known whether it was installed in a flown spacecraft.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Raytheon Production Corp.

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Materials
Case: metal. Plastic keys and displays. Electronic components inside.
Dimensions
3-D: 20.3 x 22.9 x 17.8cm (8 x 9 x 7 in.)

ID: A19760811000