One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Ron Cordes

One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Ron Cordes

By Meredith McCulloch

Ron Cordes worked on the Apollo program from 1966 to 1969, working with the team building the Saturn 1-B (first stage) rocket. His chief project was Apollo 7 which was the first crewed Apollo mission using the CSM, the Command Service Module. Apollo 7 laid the groundwork for Apollo 11 one year later.

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Patriot Golf Course Now Open for Public Access

Patriot Golf Course Now Open for Public Access

Submitted by Hanscom Air Force Base

Hanscom’s Patriot Golf Course, located on the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds in Bedford, Massachusetts, will officially allow public access beginning July 15.

A waiver authorizing members of the public to play at the course was signed by the director of Air Force Services last month. As part of the process to open the course to the public, Hanscom’s Force Support Squadron sought concurrence from officials at other local nine-hole courses, as well as local community leaders and Bedford VA leadership.

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One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Bard Crawford

One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Bard Crawford

By Meredith McCulloch

Bard Crawford earned three degrees at MIT, ending with a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics. After graduation, he immediately went to work at Instrumentation Laboratory (later Draper Labs) to work on the guidance and control systems for Apollo, specifically the reentry guidance system. He lived in Lexington prior to moving to Carleton Willard Village in 2009.

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One Giant Leap~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Harvey Malchow

One Giant Leap~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Harvey Malchow

By Meredith McCulloch

Harvey Malchow worked on the Apollo project from 1967 to 1970 while he was at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, a key player in the Apollo Guidance and Navigation systems development. (The I-Lab later evolved into the Draper Laboratory). Malchow’s main contribution to the project was in creating a theoretical model of the earth’s sun-lit atmosphere.

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An Obituary: Michael W. Merrick ~ Update

An Obituary: Michael W. Merrick ~ Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A “Celebration of Life” honoring Michael W. Merrick will take place from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday, August 3 in the Great Room at Old Town Hall, 120 South Road, Bedford.

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