Virtual Apollo Guidance Computer
Another miracle of technology that I have lived to see, benefit from, and play with. Back in 1969, I read as much as I could understand about the million dollar state-of- the-art computer that guided the Moon landings, and was duly awestruck.
Now I can have one of my own, for free.
The purpose of this project is to provide a computer simulation of the onboard guidance computers used in the Apollo Program’s lunar missions, and to generally allow you to learn about these guidance computers. Since this can be quite intimidating, we invite you to look at our “kinder and gentler” introductory page before immersing yourself in the full, gory detail presented by the bulk of the website.
The video clip above (courtesy of user Dean Koska and YouTube) illustrates some of the cute things you can do with Virtual AGC if you’re of a mind to do so. Dean compiled our simulated AGC CPU to run on a Palm Centro—explaining that a regular Palm was too slow. He created his own simulated display/keypad (DSKY), presumably aided by the developer info we provide for just such a desire. (And sorry, Dean’s Palm port isn’t provided from our downloads page. Dean has indicated that he may be able to provide it in the future, so if you want it you’ll just have to be patient.)