15 Open DSKY ready to ship to Kickstarter backers
A few backers https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/opendsky have created even more realistic 3D printed versions of the DSKY and some have come up with fantastic software that go far beyond our 3 Verbs, 3 Nouns and 3 Programs code that was meant to only test and demonstrate the hardware functionality of your device. Thank You Scott, David and Ron!
One such backer, contributor, and programmer is using 2 of our Open DSKY units at the heart of his full-scale recreation of the Apollo 11 Command Module.
Bill Walker started the “Apollo Education Experience Project” (www.ApolloExperience.com ) with the goal of building a full-scale Command Module replica that can be transported to schools and other locations as an educational exhibit, and plans to complete it by this fall.
Not only he is building a full-size replica of the Command Module, but for that purpose he has re-written the entire Open DSKY software to provide more interactivity and interest. Based on Scott Pavlovec’s already impressive code, Bill’s custom version now includes nearly 50 functions, 15 audio tracks, and 2 full length simulations with synchronized audio (the Apollo 11 moon landing and an interactive Apollo 11 launch), using combinations of 11 Verbs, 17 Nouns, and 9 Progs. Some of the new functions include a count-up timer, a presettable count-down timer, and a date/time/temperature display. He even recreated the shutdown and restart sequence as seen in the movie “Apollo 13”. You can view a demonstration of these functions and simulations on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2ct89vLxmSU .
The software and comprehensive “Open DSKY Command Reference” manual (modeled after the Apollo Flight Plan) is currently available EXCLUSIVELY through the Project, pre-loaded on an Arduino Nano, with the 17 audio tracks pre-loaded on a micro-SD card, and a custom-printed manual with a cover in your choice of 5 colors. All this will be sent to you as a complimentary “thank-you” gift for a modest donation to the Project’s GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/f/apollo-education-experience-project ) to help raise the much-need money to build this important educational project. Please consider supporting him and adding this awesome list of functions to your Open DSKY.
Bill’s custom version now includes nearly 50 functions, 15 audio tracks, and 2 full length simulations with synchronized audio (the Apollo 11 moon landing and an interactive Apollo 11 launch), using combinations of 11 Verbs, 17 Nouns, and 9 Progs.
WOW! Wasn't that a fun ride?!
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We released our instructable on Wednesday January 10th https://www.instructables.com/id/Open-Apollo-Guidance-Computer-DSKY/ and by Sunday the 14th, we already had over to 8000 views and was favorited by over 90 makers.
- Apollo DSKY Replica;
I find your effort to replicate the Apollo DSKY, extremely exciting.
I was one of a number of engineers that worked on the design of the DSKY. I was employed by Raytheon Space and Information (Sudbury, MA) during the development of the DSKY. We worked in concert with MIT Draper labs personnel in the development of the Apollo Guidance Computer. During the development of the AGC and the DSKY at that time we were working with breakthrough technologies. I can easily visualize the creation of the switch mechanism utilized in the DSKY.
Thanks for bringing back such a historical bit of our technological history.
- " An awesome job, congratulations! "
- " Nice project .. but no core memory? What fun is that ? (LOL) "
Very nice! Bit of an easter egg in there too"
Q - " the arduino is preprogrammed, what if it fails after some time, can I reprogram a new one ? so is the ino script supplied with the kit ? "
A - Yes, we email the ino file to every customer and you can download the latest version anytime.
Q - " the program: is it fully simulating the original dsky software, or only a few commands ?"
A - At the moment, the code only contains a few Verbs, few Nouns and few Programs, but we are busy adding software functionality.