Electronics & Computers: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Air & Space Timeline Mural, Udvar-Hazy Center - Airplanes and Rockets

After attending the funeral for my uncle Rick Blattenberger at Arlington National Cemetery (he was a decorated Army Ranger during the Vietnam era), Melanie and I drove to the nearby Udvar-Hazy Center annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It has been nearly two decades since we last visited the NASM in Washington, D.C., so I do not know what it looks like now, but the UHC is an incredibly densely packed collection of awesome artifacts from America's aerospace endeavors.

Having another appointment meant only being able to spend about two hours there, which is nowhere near enough time to even come close to taking in all there is to offer. Other visitors must have thought I was a deranged lunatic because of my roaming at a rapid pace, with my head continually rolling from trying to see everything, jaw hanging down out of amazement, drool running down my cheek from a Pavlovian response to the intellectual food all around me, and unintelligible sounds being uttered as I quickly read informational placards half out loud.

These are the electronics and computers that were on display at the time. Many more were there, of course. Someday, I hope to return and do a much more thorough capturing of the items, and with a much better camera.


Aerobee Rocket Payload Electronics (entire) - Airplanes and Rockets

Entire Experimental Payload

Aerobee Rocket Payload Electronics Neutral Mass Spectrometer - Airplanes and Rockets

Mass Spectrometer

Aerobee Rocket Payload Electronics (heliostat payload) - Airplanes and Rockets

Heliostat Payload

Aerobee Rocket Payload Electronics (x-ray telescope) - Airplanes and Rockets

X-Ray Telescope

Aerobee Rocket Payload Electronics Placard - Airplanes and Rockets

Aerobee Rocket Payload Electronics

UNIVAC 1232 Computer (workstation) - Airplanes and Rockets


UNIVAC 1232 Computer (power supplies) - Airplanes and Rockets

Power Supplies

UNIVAC 1232 Computer (Vacuum Tube Electronics Cabinet) - Airplanes and Rockets

Electronics Cabinet

UNIVAC 1232 Computer (placard) - Airplanes and Rockets

UNIVAC 1232 Computer



Posted February 23, 2014