Automatic Checkout Equipment -- The Apollo Hippocrates

Sternberg, Sidney
September 1969
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Sep1969, Vol. 25 Issue 7, p84
The article discusses the significance of the computerized checkout equipment, which is beneficial to the development of Saturn 5-class rockets and the Apollo-class spacecraft in the U.S. According to the author, this equipment represents a significant advance in automation, and its impact on ordinary production and the reliability of consumer products appears to be incalculable. Moreover, the Saturn/Apollo program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the developmental work in the 1940s and 1950s that culminated in a marriage of operational and diagnostic checkout systems. Meanwhile, one of the inside stories of Apollo are presented further.


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