CA/Director of Flight Crew OperationsAUG 8 196767-FM-T-57FM/Deputy ChiefDo y’all need the MIT hybrid facilities for crew training?
1. I have talked briefly with Pete Woodling about something I probably ought to bring to your attention, too. As you know, we currently have one hybrid simulator in operation at MIT with both a CM and LM cockpit available and we are on the verge of bringing a second facility online.
2. This second facility was partially procured with funds from the Electronic Research Center (ERC) with the agreement that it would be turned over to them no later than about July 1968. We were getting it specifically for Apollo spacecraft computer program development which is supposed to be essentially completed by that time.
3. More recently, we have been looking to see if the follow-on work for AAP could provide sufficient justification to hold it beyond that date, but I really anticipate that such a justification will not materialize, at least for program development. On the other hand, I know there has been a recent investigation into the adequacy of the various crew training facilities for both Apollo and AAP.
4. My question is are you interested in trying to retain this second hybrid facility at MIT for that purpose. I might point out it could provide the capability of conducting joint LM/CSM exercises. If you are, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can start work on obtaining the necessary funds, as well as notifying ERC that they must get their hybrid some other way. As I understand it, Chuck Mathews has agrees to get up the dough if we can prove we really need it.