venerdì 19 ottobre 2018Dalle 17:00Tales from the Lunar Module Guidance Computer

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Don E. Eyles conference

Don Eyles è stato colui che ha scritto negli anni ’60 buona parte del software del computer di guida dell’Apollo, in particolare le routines dell’allunaggio per tutte le missioni Apollo.
Nel corso della conferenza ci riporterà indietro nel tempo e ci farà rivivere gli indimenticabili momenti dell’allunaggio.

Biography

Education – B.A., Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, 1966, mathematics

Employment History
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory / Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, 1966-1998

Apollo, 1966-1972
Programmed the lunar landing guidance equations, throttle control algorithm, powered flight ignition sequencer, aborts monitor, coordinate transformation procedures, terrain model, and landing analog displays in the Lunar Module computer. Participated in operational planning and astronaut training. Received the NASA Public Service Award for devising workaround for a problem encountered during the Apollo 14 mission.

Shuttle, 1972-1984
Influenced crew interface design. Built prototype flight software for Space Shuttle simulations. Developed Timeliner system for initializing and sequencing simulations.

Space Station, 1984-1998
Led Space Station simulator project. Created computer-graphics system to provide multiple visualization functions in simulation and onboard manned spacecraft. Participated in International Space Station (ISS) redesign. Sold Timeliner to NASA for use as ISS user interface language and led task to adapt Timeliner for that purpose. (Now in use on ISS in three versions.) Awarded US Patents 5978786 and 6192356. for Timeliner.

Other
Guest lecturer on Apollo at MIT.
Technical Consultant: “From the Earth to the Moon,” HBO, 1998.
Photographer and Sculptor

Selected Publications
“Apollo LM Guidance and Pilot-Assistance During the Final Stage of Lunar Descent”. IFAC journal Automatica, 1972.

“At NASA, Where Was ‘What-If?'”, New York Times, March 12, 1986

“A Computer-Graphics System for Visualizing Spacecraft in Orbit”, Pictorial Communication in Virtual and Real Environments, Stephen Ellis editor,
Taylor & Francis, 1991, 1993

“A Time-Oriented Language for the Writing of Procedures to Sequence the Operation of a Spacecraft and Its Systems”, AIAA Computing in Aerospace Eight, 1991

“Tales from the Lunar Module Guidance Computer”, 27th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference (AAS 04-064), 2004 (also available at www.doneyles.com/LM).

Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir, Fort Point Press, Boston, 2018

La visita di Don Eyles in Italia è stata organizzata e gestita da BIS-Italia, la Sezione italiana della British Interplanetary Society, nel quadro delle attività relative a Maker Faire Rome 2018 dove sono stati celebrati i Makers For Space e il 50° Anniversario del Programma Apollo. Durante l’evento la BIS ha mostrato al pubblico la prima replica completa dell’Apollo Guidance Computer realizzata in collaborazione con ASIMOF, Associazione Italiana Modelli Fedeli. La replica dell’AGC è stata anche sponsorizzata da Pariani Srl e Promec-in Srl che hanno collaborato alla realizzazione meccanica.

L’evento si terrà in lingua inglese.

Organizzatore

Politecnico di Milano

Date e orari

venerdì 19 ottobre 2018
Dalle 17:00

Luogo

Politecnico di Milano, Aula L.13, Building B12

Via La Masa, 34 - 20156 Milano

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