The Launch of Apollo 11

On this page:

1.) Audio of the launch

a.) A recording of the Network Controller’s loop.

b.) The Network Controller’s and Flight Director’s loops together.

2.) The Network Controller’s Checklist


Richard Stachurski (arrowed), at the Network console in the MOCR, around the time of Apollo 11 TLI.

(Panorama assembled from 16mm movie footage.) Larger, Largest.

1.) Audio of the Launch of Apollo 11

a.) Apollo 11 Launch audio Network Controller’s loop

51 minutes / 12.5MB mono mp3 file – as recorded at Richard Stachurski’s Network console in the MOCR.

This particular recording, preserved by Richard Stachurski, has not been been available previously.

It gives a small glimpse into the amazing behind-the-scenes orchestra at work to launch Apollo 11.

Richard and his colleague George Egan shared the callsign “Network” for the launch. Richard is first heard 40 seconds into the recording.

The recording begins at t-20:00 and ends at approx t+31:00.

Courtesy Richard Stachurski. Audio noise-reduction and encoding by Colin Mackellar.

b.) Apollo 11 Launch audio Flight Director’s and Network loops synchronised

20 minutes / 14.5MB stereo mp3 file

This file was created by Colin Mackellar using the recording of the Flight Director’s loop (added to the right channel) and Richard Stachurski’s Network console recording (left channel). Some speed-correction was needed to match the two recordings exactly.

The file only covers the period common to both recordings.

The recording begins at t-5:10, with a ten second countdown to t-5:00. It ends at about t+16:00.


2.) The Network Controller’s Checklist

Richard writes:

“This is the checklist that my partner George Egan and I used for the Apollo 11 launch. The pages actually have my grease pencil annotations of things like launch time and launch azimuth. The first three pages deal with launch and the fourth deals with TLI.”

Richard Stachurski
Richard Stachurski

Apollo 11 Launch – T-2 hours to T-20 min.
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Apollo 11 Launch – T-20 min to T-12 min.
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Richard Stachurski
Richard Stachurski

Apollo 11 Launch – T-12 min onwards.
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Apollo 11 Trans Lunar Injection.
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