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DSKY Apollo Guidance Computer keyboard replica

By Ben Everard. Posted

We’ll admit, we first liked this project because of how gloriously retro it looks. Then we delved a little deeper, and now we love it even more. Bill Glasford has built a functioning replica of the display keyboard (DSKY) used on the Apollo Guidance Computer, the space-age avionics system used by NASA on its moon-landing equipment between 1966 and 1975.

It’s a beautiful build, comprising two LCD screens, a Raspberry Pi, and three Arduinos, and featuring an array of 3D-printed parts. What’s more impressive is that it runs the assembly code that the original computer ran all those decades ago.


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