With the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th let’s take a look how Ford played a part in the Apollo 11 mission.

Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation built and maintained Mission Control (now Johnson Space) Center, providing all the equipment used in the Apollo mission and the transmission of Neil Armstrong’s voice back to Houston and out to the rest of the world.

Ford also provided technical and engineering support personnel during the construction and ongoing operations.  The system designs were updated for each mission, some of which required as many as two million wiring changes. The work by Ford Aerospace and the Mission Control staff was even more complex as many of the elements had never been tried before.

Some other notable details about Mission Control include:

  • More than 1,500 different items of telemetry data – from the astronaut’s health to the results of test to flight data – flowed into the center simultaneously.
  • The Mission Control Center housed the largest assembly of television switching equipment in the world.
  • More than 60 thousand miles of wiring were laid and maintained to continue operations.
  • Five IBM 360/75 mainframe computers sent data to more than 1,300 indicator switches to be monitored by mission flight controllers.

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