looking for documentation for 1963 minuteman missile computer

From: Eric J. Korpela <korpela_at_ssl.berkeley.edu>
Date: Tue Oct 16 10:41:33 2001

> On Monday, October 15, 2001 9:25 PM, Carlos Murillo
> [SMTP:cmurillo_at_emtelsa.multi.net.co] wrote:
> > Rocket science is in the rocket engine. Navigation is
> > not that hard, comparatively...
> >
> When all you have to navigate with is a computer that takes
> a full second to multiply and a telescope that could probably
> only sense the horizon it gets a bit harder..

I agree. The principle behind a rocket engine is obvious. The rest
is just minor improvements. Attitude and trajectory control is much less
obvious. Doesn't take long for a gyro alone to drift enough that your
V2 misses london entirely. A Minuteman is a lot more accurate than a
V2 and has a longer boost phase. Anyone know what its attitude instument
package was?

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