A spectacular backdrop vista of a eucalypt forest stretched many kilometers to the distant western mountain ridge. Associated with the receivers were several subsystems performing functional processes of doppler extraction to produce a range-rate signal, two-way communications with the spacecraft using a phase-lock loop technique, and angular tracking for the antenna control and servo drive equipment. Definition: A real time system is one in which the central processor is aware of external events as they occur and modifies its information and/or performs actions as a result of these events simultaneously with the events occurrence. Both CP1 and CP2 had four tape handlers duplexed to each computer while CP3 and CP4 shared two tape handlers. Close up of the Univac 1540 Magnetic Tape Unit. This provided very low power S-band signals from the Station Simulation System to the 26 metre tracking antenna. Among the 2,614 boxes of Apollo mission tapes that went to the facility, the original Apollo 11 may have been among them. Each of the four computer systems had a hard wired operators console consisting of a paper tape reader and punch unit as well as a keyboard and printer. Photo: Hamish Lindsay. Scan: Ken Sheridan. This was processed into an extrapolated series of antenna positions representing a stepped track of the spacecraft’s flight path across the sky for the station’s duration of view. The microwave link tower is at left, and the 26 metre USB antenna is off the top of the picture, behind the Operations Building. This story has been shared 130,689 times. Next was the CPU controller with main timing, then the arithmetic unit under. Transmitter 1 was still operational at the time. The communications centre was like a large office containing an array of teletype (TTY) machines (ASR model 35s) and several tall racks of technical equipment including line testing gear, jack fields and high speed modems. The 100 or so Americans stationed on the island, working for NASA and some other corporations, were all men. It was demodulated by the SDDS and passed to the station’s video processing equipment located in the telemetry area. From Richard Stachurski’s NC Ascent Work Schedule. preserved by Mike Dinn, scan by Colin Mackellar. The CM spacecraft was capable of recording the on-board realtime data while it was out of MSFN tracking coverage, eg in earth orbit or behind the moon. Some boards had gold plated pins, others were silver. From Tom Reid’s album. The output of the CP3 computer was in the form of a long five level teletype tape in a format compatible with the Antenna Position Programmer (APP) in the USB area which interfaced directly with the Antenna Servo System to drive the dish. Scan: Colin Mackellar. Parking and gates open at 8:00 am. dumping to tape, to be manually bypassed without affecting other normal processing functions. As the converted signal made its way to Houston, the engineers at the tracking stations recorded the raw Fred Hill [Comms Tech] is monitoring the The small dishes were PMG TV link and ABC outside broadcasting dishes pointing to Willamsdale PMG microwave tower for Apollo 11. The SCM defined the physical systems configuration and signal flow paths required to support the up-coming tracking operations. When Apollo 11 was returning to Earth, the tracking station at Guam failed. Another special feature of the interconnecting cabling was a switching rack (type 1299 Switch Board) consisting of groups of individual switch modules. 2. The test equipment lab., part of the Technical Support Section, carried out not only instrument repairs but regular equipment calibration as required by NASA engineering procedures. Several super broadband lines transferred live tracking/telemetry/command data between the GSFC to the MCC in Houston, Texas. During mission support times the Technical Support Section were responsible for the daily collection of all of the magnetic tapes, high speed printout, paper chart rolls and console TTY printouts. Photo: Photo courtesy Milton Turner. A separate building nearby provided all the stations electric power. Photo: Hamish Lindsay. Lines 4, 5, & 6 carried digital data to and from stations and the world wide NASCOM hub at GSFC. a printed circuit board or a computer memory module. Later they were upgraded to 64K. His word is law. 3. ranging codes and a television signal. Two NASA tracking stations were to receive the TV signals during the EVA. The CP3 (left) and CP4 (right) computers shared one magnetic tape controller with just two tape handlers. Photo: Australian News and Information Service. This allowed input or output memory buffer areas to continually transfer data independently of the running of the main application software. Each predict (TTY) message contained a tabulated block of numerical characters consisting of 29 lines. her are the station files, mainly copies of all the TWXs sorted into the station sections or subjects. In fact, this was one piece of evidence that the Apollo 11 signals the receiver picked up were indeed from the Moon — if the antenna was not kept aimed at the Moon, the signal disappeared. Large, Larger. Diagram by Ed von Renouard. At the far right is the temporary TV relay tower erected for Apollo 11 TV. All of the Apollo telemetry information from the CM, LM or LRV systems including engineering, navigational and biomedical data was received by the TLM computer. as well as the Test Equipment Section. Honeysuckle Creek Test Equipment Supervisor Nevil Eyre in the video section during Apollo 17. All light fittings used throughout the station were fitted with incandescent bulbs as fluorescent lights could have been a source of interference. Spacecraft telemetry data was sent from the PAM, PCM and AMQ subsystems to the TLM computer. These TTY units could be patched directly to the low-speed incoming lines as they were fitted with a ‘blinding code’ unit which ignored normal TTY traffic and only passed the spacecraft command messages to the CMD computer. With thanks to Hamish Lindsay. Swan beer courtesy of the Swan Brewery in Perth. Station. At such times motor vehicle movements around the station were restricted, as was any on-coming shift staff cars, by a flashing red traffic light several kilometres down the station access road. From the Lloyd Bott collection. 4. scientific data in real time or playback. From Tom Reid’s album. The Apollo operational software, both the CMD and TLM systems were programmed such that whenever the operational software detected a hardware or software fault (glitch), the computer would immediately stop and perform a total core memory dump to magnetic tape which usually took about ten seconds. The small ‘Near Coll Tower’ was mounted on the ground behind boulders, around 90 metres WNW of the main antenna. Here Dick Stubbs, Everything had to be perfect from Apollo 6 through Apollo 10 for Apollo 11 to land on the moon. As it all had to be a standard 115 volt, 60 Hz mains for the American equipment, and due to the site remoteness, reliability of supply was paramount. The window from the Ops Console to the Comms Centre is seen in this footage of, referring to Battle Shorts across the MSFN. The battle short switches were used for very short time periods during certain Apollo mission critical events or maneuvers e.g. It was particularly useful for the earth orbit phases of the Apollo missions. CP1 and CP2 systems were identical and symmetrical in their cabling and peripheral configuration. Each line represented the antenna X-angle, Y-angle and GMT time of a point along the spacecraft’s track or pass over the station. September 1968 – A small ‘near’ collimation tower was located among the gum trees just behind the station’s upper car park. Careful checks were made for spurious RF noise sources such as signal generators used either for simulation exercises or in the electronics workshop, even down to the gardener’s ride-on lawn mower. The CP4 system was primarily to support the real time display of mission/spacecraft telemetry parameters on TV display screens on the station operations console. The desk calendar reads Thursday 5 June 1969. The four computers and the associated peripheral equipment met U.S. military ruggedized specifications and were supplied by UNIVAC, Division of Sperry Rand Corp. Following the SRT, the next major activity was the CADFISS (Computation And Data Flow of Integrated Sub-Systems) testing where the real-time CADFISS computers at the GSFC tested each tracking station in turn prior to handing them over to Mission Control. The station was opened in 1967 and closed in 1981. All numbers are in binary coded octal (0 thru 7) notation format. The XY mount allowed the antenna to track fast moving spacecraft smoothly over the antenna’s zenith. https://www.space.com/how-nasa-tracked-apollo-11-communications.html For me and I think more than a few of my fellow workers, Apollo 8 was far more emotional. : Devine, Chrissy Teigen slammed for 'tone deaf' inauguration tweet, Mitch McConnell's betrayal hurts the nation: Goodwin, Watch: Trump delivers farewell speech celebrating legacy, My Pillow reportedly dropped by big retailers over Mike Lindell's Trump visit, All-Clad discounts luxury cookware up to 70 percent off for VIP event, Top antivirus software Malwarebytes extends 40% holiday discount, These anti-blue light items will prevent eyestrain and help you sleep better, 18 affordable ways to pamper your dog or cat this year, Make it through 2021 with one of these top-rated meditation apps, Whale puke is worth a big 'chunk' of cash. to track 11 all the way to the surface. All such items were carefully labelled and packaged at the end of each operations shift for shipping to the GSFC archive. The CMD computer calculated comparison PEP codes. seconds which controlled a Rubidium Frequency Standard. John Noonan in the early Apollo days chasing through a fault in the station communication A vast array of highly specialised, oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analysers etc., were just a few of the many precision instruments or ‘tools-of-trade’ that were used by the engineers and technicians on a tracking station. Time was displayed via digital readouts, as well as 24-hour analog dial clocks with two separate hour hands to show both zulu time and local time. PAM processing received FM signals from the SDDS and passed them through the Digital Data Formatters (DDF) then onto the telemetry (TLM) computer. Scan: Stirling Finlay. In the TSS building, “Dutchy” Jim Holland examines Polaroid composition shots while Jenny Hame works at the back. Station Director Tom Reid, Astronaut The Powerhouse – bank of diesel generators c. 1966. The video signals from the spacecraft in the later Apollo missions complied with the American standard of 525-lines/60 field frame sequential colour television, and it also contained information on the television camera temperature and battery voltage. They were the 64 metre dish at Goldstone Photo: the Command Computer and the RF transmitters in the USB area, next are Jenny Hame was one of the early TSS secretaries. Team allowed for realistic conversation between astronauts, the MCC and the station. Scan: Ed von Renouard. Three main forms of time were displayed around the operations areas: Universal Time (UT) also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Zulu (Z) time. The 26 metre diameter antenna configuration was an XY mount, which meant the antenna tilted in two directions, north to south, and east to west. Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, officially opened the station on the 19th of March 1965. From Tom Reid’s album. Photo: The Battle Short indicator on one of the Power Amplifier consoles at Honeysuckle Creek. That changed when we were called to an all-hands meeting and told that Apollo 8 would orbit the moon. All computers were supplied with magnetic core memory. Each console was equipped with an array of meters and indicator lights representing the status of the various data flow paths, a display of the station’s configuration, a computer keyboard matrix as well a comprehensive access to all station intercomm loops and spacecraft uplink and downlink voice communications. Next was the main memory controller above the four memory chassis containing the magnetic core stacks. There were four people to each car, carefully selected according to their residential locations close proximity. An external Expansion Memory Unit (EMU) provided an additional 32k words for each computer. Pointing accuracy: 40 seconds of arc. On the CM spacecraft control panel (dashboard) there were vast numbers of dials, clocks, indicators, buttons and switches. The video signal, which was frequency modulated directly on to the S-Band carrier in the spacecraft, was received by the station via the 50 MHz FM subcarrier. The USB subsystems included the servo control console and two special purpose tracking and positioning processors to control the antenna, the signal receiver and transmitter control consoles, the subcarrier data demodulators, the station timing standard, the ranging subsystem and the paper chart monitoring recorders. The pseudo random noise range code, generated by a dedicated ranging system, was a combination of digital pulse codes phase modulated onto the S-band uplink carrier. ‘The Mandalorian’ vs. ‘The Boys’ vs. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ vs. ‘Tiger King’: What Was The Biggest Streaming Show of 2020? Within six months, Reid’s firm leadership had taken Honeysuckle Creek from being the worst performing tracking station in the Apollo network to being the best. Slide: Bryan Sullivan, scan Colin Mackellar. From a Super 8 movie by Ed von Renouard. The Data Section included the major subsystems for processing all of the telemetry data from both the Command Module (CM) and Lunar Module (LM) spacecrafts as well as the Lunar [Rover] Communications Relay Unit (LCRU). It was quickly followed by a second earth station at Moree in northwest NSW, which opened in March 1968. These unique I/O channel configurations eventually became known as a form of parallel processing where two or more central processing units shared a greatly expanded common memory system. Further along the row are the Magnetic Tape Handlers Each I/O channel used a ninety-way, shielded, one inch dia. The Apollo 11 … Each module was a manually operated, sixty eight pole, three position switch. There was no sense of urgency. The Acquisition Aid at the apex of the quadrapod. The heat exchangers in the shed next to the antenna pad. A standard memory diagnostic software program, called ‘BRAINWASH’, was very versatile in writing and reading back various combinations of binary ‘ones’ and ‘zeros’ in fixed or random patterns while progressively relocating itself to operate and test all of the total computer memory compliment. The prime frequency source was a Hewlett Packard Cesium Beam Frequency Standard which provided a stability of around 1 in 10-10 As the command data was transmitted out through the antenna a verification receiver in the waveguide detected the outgoing data and returned a ‘copy’ of it back to the UDB, where a digital bit by bit comparison was made to verify that valid command data had been transmitted to the spacecraft. Alternatively the command data could be keyed into the CMD computer manually from the OPS2 position on the station operations console via the CAM keyboard. 3 for engineering/technical discussions between stations and MCC/Goddard Spaceflight Centre (GSFC). High res version. The Ponce De Leon (PDL) Tracking Station occupies 1.4 acres on U.S. Coast Guard property south of the Ponce De Leon Inlet at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and is part of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network. Each computer, being of the militarized type, was fitted with a special control panel switch labeled ‘battle short’. The Carnarvon Tracking Station was an important link from Earth to the Gemini and Apollo manned space missions from 1965 to 1972. This combined the advantage of the stability of the Cesium unit with the low noise signal of the Rubidium unit. Read about the Apollo Simulation System here. Air conditioning was an essential requirement for the large array of electronic equipment in the operations areas. Background: The Apollo 11 Television Plan The original mission plan of Apollo 11 had the astronauts performing the Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA), or moonwalk, shortly after landing at 20:16 on 20 July (GMT). Apollo Tracking Operations Problems occurring during a tracking period could be quickly resolved as being with either the spacecraft or with the station equipment. Alan Shepard and Marshall Space Flight Center Director Eberhard Rees. An inter-computer channel provided a direct ultra high-speed data transfer path between the memory units of the CP1 and CP2 computers. Cool air was delivered to the numerous equipment racks via an under floor plenum with the warm air extracted through ceiling vents. They used standard ½ inch mylar tape operating at 800 frames per inch, 120 inches per second and were compatible with the IBM series 700 units. There were just six single women, all British nurses. Also contained within the PCS was an Interface System Adapter which performed three functions. Once the spacecraft had been acquired using the predicted angles to precisely point the antenna, the normal procedure was to switch the antenna drive from Program track to Auto track where the receiver automatically ‘locked on’ and followed the spacecraft's radio frequency (RF) carrier signal. These special channels were setup through standard UNIVAC engineering modifications. The CM and LM spacecraft telemetry PCM bit streams from the demodulators in the USB area were processed by the four decommutators (DECOM) in the Telemetry Area. From Tom Reid’s album, with thanks to John Saxon. Jerry Bissicks, Kevin Gallegos and Graham Fraser are Photo: Hamish Lindsay – via John Saxon. The command data format from the MCC consisted of one or more data blocks of thirty binary bits, each block representing the actual command words. They also allowed station personnel to monitor selected parameters on indicators or on (paper) chart recorders. Detail from this photo. The station was built and brought into operation by February 1967. Photo: Hamish Lindsay. The Subcarrier Data Demodulator System (SDDS) demodulated signals from the S-band (USB) receiver systems of Honeysuckle Creek and Tidbinbilla stations and from the Parkes Radio Telescope. Bryan Sullivan took these photos of a 1299 switch unit he conserved. Upon orbital insertion, tracking responsibility is transferred between the various stations as the spacecraft circles the earth. Any individual small component, printed circuit board, sub/assembly, unit or complete chassis had a manufacture’s part number which had to be cross referenced to its unique FSN. Acceleration: 5° per second (slew rate). The Powerhouse – as viewed from the car park at the western end of the Operations Building – is part of the view from just outside the canteen. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers) NASA/Getty Images Show More Show Less 34 of 35. The Power Amplifiers (transmitters) used klystrons which delivered a continuously variable output from 1 to 20 kilowatts. Hear NASA Public Affairs commentator referring to Battle Shorts across the MSFN – 15 minutes before the Apollo 11 lunar ascent. Baysinger’s wife and daughter watched the Apollo 11 landing on TV while Baysinger … The above signal combinations varied depending on a particular mission phase or event in the overall flight plan and were referred to as the downlink modes. The precise geographical antenna position was eventually determined to a very high degree of accuracy using Very Long Based Interferometer (VLBI) techniques. Directly behind the antenna dish was a room containing the transmitters (PA’s), and the cryogenically cooled parametric amplifiers (PARAMPS). Photo from the Tidbinbilla archives. Dean Gilkes (left) and Terry Hearn in the Test Equipment Section. Voice communications with the Sim. Martin Geasley (left) in the Comms Room passes a message through the window to the Ops Console. We have no accounts describing reactions to the first news... Washington Monument ready for liftoff in incredible Apollo 11 light show. Collins Microwave and Wideband Rack during the Deep Space era. The ultra high-speed data transfer rates required that the physical inter-computer cable lengths be as short as possible. The Station is located to provide communications with the Shuttle Orbiter during Launch assent when the Solid Rocket Motor plume blocks radio signals to the … That is not a typo — 32,000 bytes. The tape then rewound and the computer automatically reloaded itself with the first core image version of the software which was written when the computer systems were first loaded and initialized after completion of the station’s site readiness testing (SRT). July 17, 2019 | 4:57pm | Updated July 18, 2019 | 6:51am. the two Univac 642B computers with the Expanded Memory Unit between. A switch on the operators control panel enabled memory to be operated on high, normal or low voltage margins. Photo: Hamish Lindsay. When the spacecraft received and accepted the command data, it included a Message Acceptance Parameter (MAP) within the telemetry down-link data which the TLM computer also inserted into the telemetry data stream being sent to the MCC. The plenum also provided a neat and tidy way of interconnecting the equipment racks with the many miles of assorted varieties of signal cabling. We went back to our work with a real sense of dedication. Photo: Hamish Lindsay. 143,696, This story has been shared 130,689 times. We didn’t know our best and most important work was still ahead of us during Apollo 13. Scan: Colin Mackellar. Mike Dinn worked at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, just outside of Canberra, during Apollo 11. An extraordinary undertaking for the computing technologies of the late 1960s. As Apollo 11 sped to the moon, the Earth turned behind it, and Mission Control in Houston would lose the ability to communicate directly with the spacecraft. The simulated S-Band signal from the Sim. John Mitchell (foreground) and Rich Mirdas at Data Demods. Accurate time keeping was essential for precision tracking, and various methods were used to keep the station time within ±10 microseconds of Universal Time (UT). Once the station had locked onto the carrier signal, another special purpose computer called a Tracking Data Processor (TDP) accepted the ranging data, the speed of the spacecraft relative to the station from the doppler determination, and the antenna angles relative to the station’s geographical location, and coded this information for transmission to the MCC in both a high-speed data format at 2.4 kBPS and also via low-speed teletype. ), preserved by Milton Turner, scanned by Betty Saxon. During Apollo 11 these stations transmitted signals from the mission to communications satellites, which relayed them to the USA. Apollo 11 finally got underway at 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969. Most of the operations staff soon became aware that a failure of his ‘part of kit’ could result in the failure of the mission or worse still, a loss of the astronauts. Mission splashdown lunches, Christmas lunches, fourth of July lunches were always sumptuous delights. Stirling Finlay in the Wire Room c. 1973. The CP1 and CP2 computers were UNIVAC type 1230 (CP-642B Modified) with a word size of 30 binary bits. Scan: Colin Mackellar. left foreground and Charlie Collins, right foreground, are sending Photo: Hamish Lindsay. Henry Lynch checks Univac computer on Ascension Island, 1969. Antenna safety features included bright flashing red lights around the perimeter of the dish as well as a very loud pulsating klaxon horn which was heard several kilometers away. Formal updated pages usually arrived via express air-mail a few days later. Apollo 11, man's first lunar landing mission. (Can anyone please identify the girl on the right? These downlinks required continuous tracking in real time by the Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN) stations. The tracking stations went onto ‘mission status’ several weeks before the launch date. Photo: Australian News and Information Service. Time displays – in the Computer section. Terms of Use Gain: 51db up, 53db down. Photo: Bryan Sullivan. Photo courtesy Milton Turner. 2. real time and playback telemetry, both high and low bit rate. The Technical Support Section (TSS) maintained all the station’s documentation including technical and engineering manuals, drawings, drafting, general and archival filing etc. Rex Jones (seated) and Eric Stallard in an early view of the Telemetry section. To jury-rig repairs, the station director brought in his 10-year-old son, whose hands were small enough to get inside the faulty machinery and pack it full of grease. Photo: Hamish Lindsay via John Saxon. Notes. Ground Elapsed Time (GET) was also used by all operations personnel for both planning and as an event time reference. Ground Tracking of Apollo By FRIEDRICH 0.VONBUN NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Ground, sea, and airborne stations strategically located around the world-the Manned Space Flight Network-will keep “track”of Apollo during the first flight to the Moon Immediately after liftoff of the 300-ton Saturn vehicle, a vast global complex of tracking and PCM data was digitised and decomutated into predefined formats selected for specific phases of the mission before being sent to the telemetry (TLM) computer. The large plate glass window looked out across the car park to a well manicured lawn in front of a native bush garden complemented by several large granite boulders several metres high. The first three loops were available to all operator positions while the remaining five loops were for use within the various sections. Each operator’s headset/microphone was tested in a roll-call sequence. The tracking stations provided a real time, two-way, high-speed connection between the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) in the spacecraft through the ground stations CMD/TLM computers, then onto the real time world-wide NASCOM network hub at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt MD. The Honeysuckle Creek microwave link tower configured for Apollo 11. The CP3 computer had a memory capacity of 16k words and the CP4 had 32k words. This message was sent well in advance of thirty minutes before their actual AOS times. There was hard and fast rule: no fighting. This test was conducted in three phases. Magnetic tape was the primary external data storage medium for the computer systems. A small 2 metre dish located at the apex of the quad legs was an Acquisition Aid Antenna. Examples were antenna switching for the optimum signal strength at the ground station, recorder control for transferring information stored on magnetic tape from the spacecraft to the ground, and the more important navigational data to update the command module and lunar module computers. Two twisted-pair core conductors for each of the thirty parallel bits as well as the control bits for interrupt, request and acknowledge signals ensured interference free data transmission. Other software for smaller programs was supplied on seven-level punched paper/mylar tape. , CP3 and CP4 computers were duplexed ( hard wired ) to explore over greater from. Generators were housed in a flow chart form before coding was attempted Federal Stock Numbering ( )... 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