ARIA Saves the day for Apollo 5
by Stan Anderson
Chris Kraft and Robert Gilruth watch procedings from the back row of the Mission Operations Control Room in Houston during Apollo 5, 22nd January 1968.
NASA image S68-18733.
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“The ARIA personnel are to be congratulated for a job well done for their normal support and in acquiring the spacecraft when nominal pointing data was not available.”
“At approximately 4 hours in the mission, the first DPS ignition occurred. An automatic shutdown occurred prior to a large thrust build up. This no-burn contingency was passed to ARIA control for information and action. ARIA 3 was released from further support at 0254Z.
ARIA Control plotted the approximate trajectory by hand from which the TSP, look angles and times were determined for ARIA 4 and 5. ARIA 4 acquired at 04/56/59 with an LOS at 05/03/54.
Excerpt from the Network Controller’s Mission Report for Apollo 5 written by Network Controller Captain George Ojalehto.
Relevant pages extracted by Stan Anderson.