Luton Analogue Computing Engine

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The Luton Analogue Computing Engine (LACE) was a code name for a military general purpose analogue computer, predominantly used for missile simulation. It was developed in 1953-1956[1] by English Electric's Guided Missile Division in Luton, UK.[2] Upon the closure of the Luton factory in 1962, LACE was transferred to the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Guided Weapons Division in Stevenage.[3]


  1. ^ Bissell, C.C. (2004). A great disappearing act: the electronic analogue computer. In: IEEE Conference on the History of Electronics, 28-30 Jun 2004, Bletchley, UK. p. 3.
  2. ^ Small, James S. (2013-06-17). The Analogue Alternative: The Electronic Analogue Computer in Britain and the USA, 1930-1975. Routledge. p. 187. ISBN 9781134699025. 
  3. ^ LACE – A Disappearing Act, Newsletter for all BAE Systems Pensioners, May 2014 (PDF), page 9.