Rendezvous search modes of various types
- Date: Sep 21 1966
- From: FM1/Deputy Chief, Mission Planning and Analysis Division
- Subject: Rendezvous search modes of various types
According to the notes I made during the 278 GSOP review at MIT last
August, there was apparently still some question as to whether an
automatic radar search mode was needed. Sears also questioned whether
an automatic sextant search mode was needed on the command module.
Has anything been done to answer either of these questions? If so,
what? If not, what can we do to close out these items?
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AS-207/208 (also known as AS-278) was to have been the first test of the LM in Earth orbit. It was also to have be a dual mission with the command and lunar modules launched on separate Saturn 1Bs. The mission was cancelled after the Apollo 1 fire and the Saturn 1Bs were used to launch Skylab 3 (AS-207) on July 28, 1973 and Skylab 4 (AS-208) on November 16, 1978. The LM was first tested by Apollo 5 in January 1968.
see Guidance System Operations Plan
- Guidance System Operations Plan
The GSOP was essentially the specification for how the guidance computer and its software where required to work for a specific mission. Many of GSOP’s are available online including the GSOP for the cancelled AS-207/208 mission
Massachussets Institute of Technology. In these memos, MIT is shorthand for the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, created and led by avionics pioneer Charles Stark Draper. It is now known as the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and became independent of MIT in 1973.