Tindallgrams

In our (MSC) attempt to establish the most meaningful flight development schedule for Apollo including, as it must, adjustments to conform with the continually varying mission constraints as well as providing backup missions for contingency situations, many people have legitimate need to know the effect of their ideas and proposals on the readiness of the spacecraft computer programs being developed by MIT. On the other hand, the exact schedule of these programs is still ill-defined. As a result, on occasion recently, people attempting to get this sort of information directly from their MIT friends have obtained uncoordinated and, thus, inaccurate information upon which decisions have been made, sometimes distressing to MSC and MIT both.

To avoid this problem in the future, we are immediately establishing a procedure wherein Mr. Tom Gibson of the Flight Software Branch and Mr. Bob Millard of MIT, or their authorized representatives, are to serve as the single point contacts in their respective organizations for the procurement of schedule-type information. It will be their job to poll all influenced parties to assure the information obtained is the best possible under the circumstances. Spacecraft computer program schedule information obtained by any other route shall be used at the user’s own risk; certainly with no obligation on our part to comply.

Terms & Abbreviations

MIT

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.

MSC

Manned Spacecraft Center. Now known as Johnson Space Center.