Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
The Australian 31 October, 1967
Unit to aid space launch
A computer system located in one of the most remote corners of the world is a key part of the ELDO* programme in Australia to put a space vehicle in orbit next year.
Installed in a caravan, the computer is an integral component of the down-
Gove was selected as the site for the guidance station because it is due north of the launching site at Woomera, 1200 miles to the south.
In addition to the computer, the guidance system at Gove comprises a guidance command transmitter, a guidance interferometer, and a telemetry system from Holland.
The computer is a Control Data 3200 with a 16k store and scientifically oriented for real-
The control of the guidance system is centred in a large transportable van equipped with the central guidance and team leader consoles. Nearby, in support are two more similar vans – one housing the computer, and the other the power distribution and air conditioning plants ...”
* Editor : ELDO (European Launcher Development Organisation).
Although a 3200 was perhaps larger than most, mobile computers on the backs of trucks were used during the Vietnam War -
Prior to my switch, I was at NCR, and although it was kept pretty quiet, they also has a number of Century series systems on mobile carriers in Vietnam.
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