Inertial Measurement Unit, Apollo 17

Inertial Measurement Unit, Apollo 17

     

This is the Inertial Measurement Unit from the Apollo 17 Command Module, the last Apollo mission to the Moon in 1972. This unit, designed by the MIT Instrumentation Lab and built by AC Spark Plug, employed a system of gyroscopes and other devices to provide a reference platform for the successful navigation of the craft from Earth orbit to Lunar orbit and back.

Transferred by NASA to the Museum in 1977.

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
AC Spark Plug Division, General Motors Corporation
Designer
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Materials
Metal housing, containing various metal and electronic parts inside.
Dimensions
Overall: 10 1/2 in. tall x 1 ft. 1 in. wide (26.67 x 33.02cm)

This is the Inertial Measurement Unit from the Apollo 17 Command Module, the last Apollo mission to the Moon in 1972. This unit, designed by the MIT Instrumentation Lab and built by AC Spark Plug, employed a system of gyroscopes and other devices to provide a reference platform for the successful navigation of the craft from Earth orbit to Lunar orbit and back.

Transferred by NASA to the Museum in 1977.

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
AC Spark Plug Division, General Motors Corporation
Designer
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Materials
Metal housing, containing various metal and electronic parts inside.
Dimensions
Overall: 10 1/2 in. tall x 1 ft. 1 in. wide (26.67 x 33.02cm)

ID: A19770228000