Lecture 4 Notes: Systems Engineering and Atlas
Terms in Launius:
Mythology: stories that have a cultural significance; this term does not necessarily mean
that something that is a hoax or a lie.
Master Narrative: academic way historians use to describe ta
Lecture 8 Notes: The LOR Decision
In 1956, the decision was made to put the Vanguard satellite in orbit. A cheap rocket and
simple satellite were developed, to keep costs down. In the fall, there was a meeting of
nations whod been carrying out a study; th
Lecture 3 Notes: Historical/Technical Analyses of Engineering Systems
3 different approaches to thinking about the topics of this course are things you want to
ask as you read the assignments:
Whos the author? Whats his primary function? What is he writin
Lecture 9 Notes: The Soviet Moon Program
To be discussed: Organization, key personalities, competing lunar projects, technical
failures, political economical cultural roots.
Lt.-Gen. Nikolai Kamanin was in charge of the Russian air force and space affairs
Lecture 5 Notes: NACA
Readings for today have one thing in common: they talk about engineering cultures.
What is an engineering culture and what constitutes it? How do you know youre in one?
- communication structures (can be formal or informa
Lecture 6 Notes: Sputnik and Mercury
McDougall reading: The Heavens and the Earth, focused on Eisenhowers view of the
- Eisenhower didnt see the space program as a very important thing; this might
have been one of the reasons America didnt
Lecture 7 Notes: Kennedys Decision
We watched an official Air Force film about the DYNA-SOAR project.
- very pilot-focused; almost no mention of the importance of computer systems
- presented the project as another great step in the advancement of America
Lecture 2 Notes: The Apollo Project
Today well talk about the Apollo project, and about a couple of ways to approach the
7 projects: 7 flights:
(12/68: Apollo 8)
7/69: Apollo 11: first one, scientific goal was mostly to prove they could do it at
Lecture 11 Notes: Guidance and Control Issues; Landing
Aspects of Apollo guidance and control
- approach to computing that was much more about real-time
control instead of numerical input-output
- Lanning, Battin
- Draper Labs was innovative in inertial n
Lecture 10 Notes: Gemini and Early Apollo
Colliers was highly influential in affecting peoples imaginations as to what spacecraft
should look like, yet it wasnt terribly scientific or realistic.
Gemini computers: pilot entered orbital parameters, computer