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Digital Apollo

Author : David A. Mindell
ISBN : 0262266687
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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As Apollo 11's Lunar Module descended toward the moon under automatic control, a program alarm in the guidance computer's software nearly caused a mission abort. Neil Armstrong responded by switching off the automatic mode and taking direct control. He stopped monitoring the computer and began flying the spacecraft, relying on skill to land it and earning praise for a triumph of human over machine. In Digital Apollo, engineer-historian David Mindell takes this famous moment as a starting point for an exploration of the relationship between humans and computers in the Apollo program. In each of the six Apollo landings, the astronaut in command seized control from the computer and landed with his hand on the stick. Mindell recounts the story of astronauts' desire to control their spacecraft in parallel with the history of the Apollo Guidance Computer. From the early days of aviation through the birth of spaceflight, test pilots and astronauts sought to be more than "spam in a can" despite the automatic controls, digital computers, and software developed by engineers.Digital Apollo examines the design and execution of each of the six Apollo moon landings, drawing on transcripts and data telemetry from the flights, astronaut interviews, and NASA's extensive archives. Mindell's exploration of how human pilots and automated systems worked together to achieve the ultimate in flight -- a lunar landing -- traces and reframes the debate over the future of humans and automation in space. The results have implications for any venture in which human roles seem threatened by automated systems, whether it is the work at our desktops or the future of exploration.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Adobe Apollo In Flight Digital Short Cut

Author : Michael Tyler Givens
ISBN : 9780132714884
Genre : Computers
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This is the eBook version of the printed book. With the release of the Apollo alpha, the code name of Adobe's new technology, the next generation of rich desktop applications is already under way. At an accelerating rate, new Apollo applications are vying for your PC's desktop real estate. Combining the existing web technologies you already know (Flex, AJAX, HTML, and others) with the Apollo runtime allows you to create engaging experiences for both Windows and Mac platforms that function even while disconnected from the network. In this Digital Short Cut, you will learn about the Apollo alpha and see a sample workflow for taking your current web development and server-side skills and applying them to create a new kind of desktop application. After reading this Short Cut, you will be well on your way to creating a different kind of desktop experience. Beginning with a sample application, Hello Apollo World, and progressing to a real-world desktop application, Go Fly, you will learn about some of the most important aspects of this exciting new technology. Apollo in Flight is targeted for developers that want just the facts - no fluff, only stuff.
Category: Computers

The Apollo Chronicles

Author : Brandon R. Brown
ISBN : 9780190681340
Genre : Science
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The moon landing of 1969 stands as an iconic moment for both the United States and humankind. The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. But Apollo's full account includes the earthbound engineers, mounds of their crumpled paper, and smoldering metal shards of exploded engines. How exactly did the nation, step by difficult step, take men to the Moon and back? In The Apollo Chronicles, fifty years after the moon landing, author Brandon R. Brown, himself the son of an Apollo engineer, revisits the men and women who toiled behind the lights. He relays the defining twentieth-century project from its roots, bringing the engineers' work and personalities to bright life on the page. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent American decade, the narrative whisks audiences through tense deadlines and technical miracles, from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to NASA's 1969 lunar triumph, as engineers confronted wave after wave of previously unthinkable challenges. Brown immerses readers in key physical hurdles--from building the world's most powerful rockets to keeping humans alive in the hostile void of space--using language free of acronyms and technical jargon. The book also pulls back from the detailed tasks and asks larger questions. What did we learn about the Moon? And what can this uniquely innovative project teach us today?
Category: Science

The Digital Age 1947 Present Day

Author : Charlie Samuels
ISBN : 9781433949142
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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This volume presents some of the technological highlights for the period 1947 through 2010.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Inventing The American Astronaut

Author : Matthew H. Hersch
ISBN : 9781137025296
Genre : Science
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Who were the men who led America's first expeditions into space? Soldiers? Daredevils? The public sometimes imagined them that way: heroic military men and hot-shot pilots without the capacity for doubt, fear, or worry. However, early astronauts were hard-working and determined professionals - 'organization men' - who were calm, calculating, and highly attuned to the politics and celebrity of the Space Race. Many would have been at home in corporate America - and until the first rockets carried humans into space, some seemed to be headed there. Instead, they strapped themselves to missiles and blasted skyward, returning with a smile and an inspiring word for the press. From the early days of Project Mercury to the last moon landing, this lively history demystifies the American astronaut while revealing the warring personalities, raw ambition, and complex motives of the men who were the public face of the space program.
Category: Science

The Apollo Guidance Computer

Author : Frank O'Brien
ISBN : 9781441908773
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The technological marvel that facilitated the Apollo missions to the Moon was the on-board computer. In the 1960s most computers filled an entire room, but the spacecraft’s computer was required to be compact and low power. Although people today find it difficult to accept that it was possible to control a spacecraft using such a ‘primitive’ computer, it nevertheless had capabilities that are advanced even by today’s standards. This is the first book to fully describe the Apollo guidance computer’s architecture, instruction format and programs used by the astronauts. As a comprehensive account, it will span the disciplines of computer science, electrical and aerospace engineering. However, it will also be accessible to the ‘space enthusiast’. In short, the intention is for this to be the definitive account of the Apollo guidance computer. Frank O’Brien’s interest in the Apollo program began as a serious amateur historian. About 12 years ago, he began performing research and writing essays for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and the Apollo Flight Journal. Much of this work centered on his primary interests, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) and the Lunar Module. These Journals are generally considered the canonical online reference on the flights to the Moon. He was then asked to assist the curatorial staff in the creation of the Cradle of Aviation Museum, on Long Island, New York, where he helped prepare the Lunar Module simulator, a LM procedure trainer and an Apollo space suit for display. He regularly lectures on the Apollo computer and related topics to diverse groups, from NASA's computer engineering conferences, the IEEE/ACM, computer festivals and university student groups.
Category: Technology & Engineering

John F Kennedy And The Race To The Moon

Author : J. Logsdon
ISBN : 9780230116313
Genre : Science
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While there are many biographies of JFK and accounts of the early years of US space efforts, this book uses primary source material and interviews with key participants to provide a comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the last 45 years.
Category: Science

Ufo Sightings Of 2006 2009

Author : Scott C. Waring
ISBN : 9781450232418
Genre : Science
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This book documents the UFO sightings seen at O’Hare Airport, NASA’s Shuttle Atlantis, Area S4, England, Turkey, Russia, Texas, the lunar surface, and much more. Learn about UFO sightings documented around President Obama, Reagan, Carter and more. There are twenty intense chapters, each on a different sighting, plus three bonus chapters on new UFO related information. Did you know there were recently discovered faces on Mars of not one, but four new alien species? The photos are inside this book. Look at this conversation during the O’Hare Airport UFO sighting that the United Airlines ramp tower and the FAA Area Supervisor had in a nearby O’Hare tower. We begin to understand some details of a photograph that exists through their interesting and revealing conversation: Ramp Tower: “I’m sorry, there was, I told Dave, there was a disc flying outside above Charley 17 and he thought I was pretty much high. But, um, I’m not high and I’m not drinking.” O’Hare Tower: “Yeah.” Ramp Tower: “So, someone got a picture of it. So if you guys see it out there...” O’Hare Tower: “A disc, like a Frisbee?” Ramp Tower: Like a UFO type thing.” O’Hare Tower: “Yeah, Okay.” Ramp Tower: “He got a picture of it.” (Laughing) The information in this book clearly identifies and weights the facts and possibilities that exist in new and interesting ways.
Category: Science