MIT space exploration laboratory played a key role in developing first Apollo guidance computer

Sept. 27, 2019
Doc — Dr. Charles Stark Draper — created a teaching laboratory in the 1930s for his aeronautics classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dick Battin stood on his driveway in the New England frosty pre-dawn back in October 1957, straining his eyes to see Sputnik fly overhead. It was amazing. Watching that little point of light scoot silently across the sky made Battin’s heart pound. A human-made hunk of metal was actually orbiting Earth! Universe Today reports. Continue reading original article

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27 Sept. 2019 -- Walking back to his house, Battin’s mind raced. Oh, how he wished he’d never left the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory a year and a half ago. He’d regretted it since the day he decided to move on to what he thought were greener pastures.

But now, his regret became a steadfast resolve to somehow get back to the Lab again, because he knew – he was absolutely certain without a doubt – that Doc Draper would be getting his hand in this new venture of space exploration. And Battin wanted in, too.

Doc — Dr. Charles Stark Draper — had created a teaching laboratory in the early 1930s for his aeronautics classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At first, the Lab allowed students to get hands-on experience with things like wiring fuel and altitude gauges for airplanes, but over time became a full-up laboratory, developing the instrumentation needed for aircraft navigation.

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