Author Topic: Ever wonder how Saturn V "knew" exactly where it was pointing at launch?  (Read 1699 times)

Offline smartcooky

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Well, wonder no more!

The phrase "Guidance is internal" at T minus 15 seconds was one of the most important call-outs in the Saturn V countdown, and this fascinating short video with excellent graphics explains why.

Its the minute details like this that show just how complicated it is to send rockets to the moon.
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Offline Zakalwe

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Excellent video!
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Offline Kiwi

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Thanks, Smartcooky. I particularly enjoyed this little bit:
0:05:46  …it could align the gimbal to within one-thousandth of a degree.

I guess that's about near enough if I want to know in which way I'm pointing. :-)
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