PARAGLIDER CONTROL ELECTRONICS
February 7, 1964
Developed by Honeywell for North American aviation's Space and Information Systems Division, Downey, Calif., will help astronauts fly future spacecraft like a glider after reentry from earth orbit.
With the spacecraft suspended by cables from a paraglider "wing," the control electronics package will use signals relayed from astronaut hand controllers to command operation of the pneumatic winch motors which reel the cables in or out. The package consists of a connecting assembly and four identical modules, two for redundant pitch and two for redundant roll control.
Here, Honeywell design engineer Walter Barniskis shows how the device's transistorized amplifiers and switching logic are mounted in rugged investment castings of aluminum. In the background is art of the complete field and laboratory test equipment Honeywell is building for the electronics unit.
Original Caption by Science Service