Francois Rautenbach’s work on Rope Memory

The early computer and navigation systems used by NASA are extremely interesting, even in the modern day.  The ways that they computed, stored data, and were interacted with are quite different than what we typically think of when we reference a computer in today’s modern age.

However, Francois Rautenbach has been made aware of the discovery of  Rope Memory. And has worked quite hard on a method for dumping the programmed contents thereof.  The video is below.   And a followup video he posted sheds a little more light on the subject.  But my question I have to ask is, is the data still valid?  From what I can gather from my examination of the video, the module is made up of magnetic core storage, similar to early RAM.  And as such, likely lost it’s data a very long time ago.

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