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 <box 200px round blue center| Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California > {{ http://​www.uss-king.com/​history/​NTDS/​ntds_lg.jpg?​175x173 }} </​box>​ <box 200px round blue center| Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California > {{ http://​www.uss-king.com/​history/​NTDS/​ntds_lg.jpg?​175x173 }} </​box>​
  
 +<box 200px round blue left| Computer History Museum NTDS Exhibit in Mountain View, California, photo taken by Chuck White January 12, 2012 - Note: USS KING stencilled next to red light > {{ http://​www.uss-king.com/​ntds/​2012-01-16 CHM-King Exhibit2.gif?​175x173 }} </​box>​
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 +Sign on display board next to NTDS unit says: 
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 +//READY, AIM, FIRE.
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 +That command seems simple. ​ Yet the "​aim"​ part can be challenging. ​ Calculating the trajectory of high-speed projectiles,​ and hitting moving targets, demands complex real-time calculations.
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 +Ballistics control was a perfect challenge for real-time computing. ​ Solutions began with mechanical analog sustems, shifting later to electronic digital systems, and then digital integrated circuits, both for military applications and for space exploration.//​
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 This armored computer was extremely reliable in hazardous environments and could control battleship radar and weapons systems in real-time. Multiple computers could communicate with each other to form a cooperative chain of machines. Over the next three decades, the NTDS served as the basis for an entire family of shipboard command and control computers.###​ This armored computer was extremely reliable in hazardous environments and could control battleship radar and weapons systems in real-time. Multiple computers could communicate with each other to form a cooperative chain of machines. Over the next three decades, the NTDS served as the basis for an entire family of shipboard command and control computers.###​
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 |Use|Real-time tactical analysis, display, and control of weapons| |Use|Real-time tactical analysis, display, and control of weapons|
  
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 +Further reading can be found here at the IEEE Global History website Wiki [[http://​www.ieeeghn.org/​wiki/​index.php/​First-Hand:​Legacy_of_NTDS_-_Chapter_9_of_the_Story_of_the_Naval_Tactical_Data_System]]