Re: Slide Rules and Slipsticks - in the 1960's B.C. - i.e. (Before Computers)
I think the note above Von Braun’s slide rule is appropriate.
Recall the movie sequence in APOLLO-13, Tom Hanks is asking mission control to double check his gimbal angle corrections. The scene shows the guy on the desk giving a thumbs up after verifying with his K&E slide rule. One man with a slide rule can do wonders. They had an IBM-7094 but no calculators for that? Rescue hinged on a slide rule.
Certainly reinforced my respect for the ground control team, and what could be done without massive computers.
From: Eric Dreher
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2021 3:00 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Slide Rules and Slipsticks - in the 1960's B.C. - i.e. (Before Computers)
Having grown up during the Mercury launches onward, my childhood hero became Wernher von Braun. During a 2016 visit to the Cosmosphere Space Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, I spotted a slide rule in a glass display case. For obvious reasons, I had to take a photo.