Upthread: In which some items of interest regarding the AS-206 LGC program status are discussed (Nov 01, 1966)
Downthread: Ground rules for MIT man loading for AGC programming (Nov 14, 1966)
PA/Manager, Apollo Spacecraft Program OfficeNOV 3 196666-FM1-141FM/Deputy Chief, Mission Planning and Analysis DivisionAGC program for AS-501/502 – Final status report
The attached memorandum lists all of the program changes required to the AS-202 program to fly AS-501 and AS-502. As you can see, there are quite a few, although most are quite simple. For example, some of these changes are merely corrections to bugs that were known to be in the AS-202 program when we flew it. We made a strong effort to minimize the changes, and it's my impression that all of these are really required with the possible excep- tion of a couple that were put in to provide the flexibility we felt might be needed to make the program usable for the AS-502 mission which was not then completely defined.
As you recall, certain mission changes were required which took some time to negotiate, both here at MSC and at Marshall. Carl Huss, from our division, deserves a lot of credit for his work in getting these missions revised and thus minimizing the program changes required. (By the way, Carl is writing a note to explain the differences in the AS-501 and AS-502 missions in re- sponse to the question you penciled onto one of my memos). We know of no reason at this time why the AS-501 program will not do the AS-502 Job. Some program verification may be required to check such things as the differences in the targeting, but it is our intention to keep this to an absolute minimum.
This program has gone together very nicely. Dan Likely and his team of AC and MIT people are to be commended for the professional manner in which they handled this Job. The program was frozen October 11th – one day behind schedule. It completed test verification and was released to Raytheon for rope manufacture October 24th – on schedule. This program has no known bugs or deficiencies at this time. If development of all the AGC programs went like this, we'd be out of a job.