*The Apollo computers were designed with a kind of memory called “core rope memory.” It was the densest computer memory available at that moment in time—between 10 and 100 times more efficient, in terms of weight and space, of any other memory available, absolutely essential on spacecraft where weight and space were always at a premium.*
*But core rope memory suffered from one small problem: It had to be made by hand.*
*Each wire representing a 1 or a 0 in the computer program had to be positioned with absolute precision, by a person, using a needle, and wire instead of thread. A wire threaded through the center of a tiny ring-shaped magnet was a one. A wire threaded to the outside of that magnet was a zero.*
>Finally, the parachutes were folded and packed by hand. During the Apollo missions in the 1960s and early 1970s, only three people in the country were trained, and then licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, to fold Apollo parachutes—Norma Cretal, Buzz Corey and Jimmy Calunga —and they handled all 11 Apollo missions.
Why not just train and license more people then?
Out of curiosity, if it was such an important skill, how come only three people were trained to fold the parachutes and not more?
how about every other apollo? why is this only a problem for 15?
Didn’t 2 out of 3 of Apollo 15’s parachutes actually deploy?