David tells a few words about his work with the Minuteman 1 missile computer in 1960.
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Autonetics put me to work in test and engineering on a new project building D-17B computers for the Minuteman 1 missile guidance system. This was exciting for me being only 21 years old.
|Dave&D-17B Computer 10-26-13|
A few words about the D-17B computer - it was all solid state and used DRL ( diode- resistor- logic) , DTL ( diode transistor logic ) was used only
|D-17B Guidance Computer|
Here is a look at some of the computer boards http://www.repairfaq.org/sam/d17b/d17bpcbs/
I enjoyed the engineering & testing work for three months and then went back to college for my Sophomore year. I wondered why I was hired because I did not hide the fact I was returning to college. It was a great experience. Seeing the D-17B guidance computer at the Computer History Museum brought back some wonderful memories from 63 years ago. Golly am I getting old or what ?
I would like to have a Minuteman 1 computer in our museum however that will be difficult. I do have a computer in the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" made about the same time or a little earlier made by Autonetics, the same company the made the missile computer. It is an Autonetics Recomp 501 computer made in 1958. The 501 is a transistorized computer and has some of the same features as the missile computer. It is likely the same team at Autonetics designed the 501.
Video of Minuteman Computer at Computer History Museum
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The Computer History Museum should be on the 'Must Visit' list for visitors to Silicon Valley.
"by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector Historian
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