Monthly Archives: July 2017


Cape Canaveral was and remains America’s Spaceport

By |July 29th, 2017|

In 1950, a reconfigured German V2 rocket with small second stage rocket, a WAC Corporal sounding rocket, on the tip was launched from the Florida coastal area known as Cape Canaveral. It was considered a cape because of the land mass that jutted out into the Atlantic. South of Cape Canaveral were the towns of Melbourne, […]

Model memories of the Saturn IB rocket

By |July 22nd, 2017|

During the 1960s, boys my age were fascinated with America’s race to beat the Soviets to the Moon. Practically every magazine published had articles about the brave astronauts who ventured into space during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Those boys, and some girls!, often built model rockets to channel their enthusiasm. These were not […]

Man on Fire: The Strange Death of Robert Ludlum

By |July 12th, 2017|

I recently started reading Stuart Woods’ Fast and Loose. Woods is the author of dozens of thrillers and that got me thinking about one of the giants of the genre: Robert Ludlum. While researching Ludlum, I was shocked when I learned how he died and the mysterious unsolved circumstances around it.

Last year, I wrote an […]

Burroughs’ Atlas ICBM Guidance Computer, Pt. 3

By |July 9th, 2017|

Research & Development and Initial Operation Capability Units

Burroughs project planning for this computer planned for Mod I, Mod II and Mod III units from initial development to operational computers.  All the Mod I computers were Research & Development units. The first unit was built by Burroughs in Paoli, Pennsylvania research center and was simply an […]

Burroughs’ Atlas ICBM Guidance Computer Pt. 2

By |July 1st, 2017|

Central to the design of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, was the selection of the missile’s guidance system.  The two means of guidance were either radio guidance or inertial guidance.  There were proponents for both systems because each has its own advantages—and disadvantages.  Inertial guidance employed gyroscopic servos onboard the missile that performed guidance functions apart […]