Minuteman Missile Guidance Computer

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Date Introduced
1960 ca.
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 31 in x 31 in x 24 in
Manufacturer
Autonetics Division, North American Aviation
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
Anaheim, CA, US
Keywords
Transistors
Object ID
X1502.97
Speed
12.8kHz
Memory Type
Magnetic disk
Memory Size
5,454 words
Memory Width
24-bit

The Minuteman guidance computer presented unique design challenges. It had to be rugged and fast, with circuit design and packaging able to withstand a missile launch. The military’s high standards for its transistors pushed the manufacturer’s quality control.