Buzz Aldrin receiving 'Moon Talk'.

photo credit: Ross Bell, Executive Director of Aerospace States Association.


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1909-1987

AACLA Mission
 The mission of the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association is to collect, preserve, and interpret the legacy of Arthur Collins and the Collins Radio Company he founded.

 At fifteen, Arthur maintained reliable communication - when few others could - with the 1925 McMillan expedition to northern Greenland, using radios he had designed and built, along with techniques for short wave communication he had worked out in advance with the ship’s radio operator, John Reinartz, Collins gained national recognition for his feat.

 Over the next four decades Collins built a Fortune 500 Company with, at its peak, over 24,000 employees, known for its extraordinary innovation in avionics and aerospace, advanced radio communication, microwave, telecommunication, and computers.

 A shy man, averse to self-promotion and rarely giving interviews or public speeches, the story of Arthur Collins and his contributions to modern technology are little-known even within the electronics industry.

 The Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association is committed to preserving the memory of this important innovator.
Nice article in the Dallas Morning News
Teri Webster from The Dallas Morning News published an article on Richardson's connection to the Collins Radio Company and the development of the Space Communications Equipment described in "Steps to the Moon".
Click here to read the article.
Read more about Gemini
If you enjoyed our last movie "Steps to the Moon" you may also be interested in a back story from Hugo Kann who served on the Gemini design team for the HF receiver and later, Project Engineer.
View the story here.
What's New ?
Latest additions to the AACLA web site

• A new page to highlight AACLA and local STEM Programs.
• An article, by Hugo Kann, about the Gemini Program and his efforts to manage the equipment design and installation.
• An article, by Larry Pinkston, about "Radio Bikini", a WWII-era TSC-9 that was in use during Operation Crossroads.
• Several Articles About the 1930's Collins Farms Business Adventure.
• A Collection of Collins Radio Company 'Firsts'.
Opening Day at Honeysuckle Creek
March 17, 1967
- You might enjoy this video from one of our Australian cousins, and Apollo enthusiasts, Colin Mackellar.
- Colin is a regular contributor to the Friends of Honeysuckle Creek - one of NASA's tracking stations, assembled by the Collins Radio Company, during the Apollo program.
- Only a few months after these photos were taken, the equipment shown was in use on July 20th 1969 relaying voice and video from Tranquility Base on the moon.
- During this epic event, Honeysuckle Creek's antennas were in a prime position to down-link the first steps on the moon...
- BTW: The lucky staff, that day, at Honeysuckle Creek, got to watch the best "raw" quality video - while the rest of us only saw the blurry "scan converted" stuff.
- Where is this place?
Google Earth Users - search for:
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Stn., Apollo Road, Tennent ACT, Australia
- Also: Visit their site.
View the video here.
Collins Retirees in the Dallas/Richardson area
The Rockwell Collins Retirees Association in Richardson Texas


Check out the "Collins History (1952-Today)" link on their 'About-Us' page. You will find a detailed PDF about the history of the company's building complex, in and around Richardson.
View the WEB SITE here.
- IMPA Awards Announced -
We Won Three Categories!
- Live from the Moon -

• In the category Editing – Medium Form (30-59 Minutes):
• THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE GOES TO... Eric Dean Freese – The Collins Story – Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon

• In the category Soundtrack Audio Mix:
• THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE GOES TO... Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon

• In the category Voice Over Narration:
• THE AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT GOES TO... Steven James – The Collins Story – Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon
View the the results here.
The Collins Story - Connecting The Moon To The Earth documentary series is available for streaming.
Click on a movie poster to watch each film on Vimeo.
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  •  — A Culture of Innovation - click image.
  •  — Steps to the Moon - click image.
  •  — Moon Talk - click image.
  •  — Live from the Moon - click image.
Or click HERE for additional Vimeo help.
This Month in History - August
August 3rd, 1925
 –96 years ago.
Arthur receives attention for his radio work - "First Person in U.S. To Hear MacMillan On Wave Length Of 20 Meters". An article in the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette describes how he and John Reinartz communicated from Cedar Rapids to Greenland.
August 5th, 1933
 –88 years ago.
Arthur speaks at the World Wide Radio Amateur Convention in Chicago. Among his Fellow twenty-five speakers include: John L. Reinartz and Hiram Percy Maxim.
August 13th, 1960
 –61 years ago.
Collins Radio Co. Engineers at Cedar Rapids, Iowa (KA2XDV) and Richardson, Texas (KK2XlC) make radio contact using the newly-launched Echo Satellite. The first two-way radio voice transmission via artificial satellite was accomplished.
August 21st, 1965
 –56 years ago.
Gemini 5 was launched by a Titan II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, manned by Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad. Retrofire was made on revolution 120 with splashdown in the western Atlantic.
August 25th, 1937
 –84 years ago.
Arthur Collins applies for a patent for the automatic tuning system apparatus - Autotune®.
FY20 Annual Report
Our Fiscal-Year 2020 Annual Report has been released.
View the Document here.
1937 Collins Stock
From Creation to Consolidation - View the share certificates of Arthur’s Iowa-based corporation.
View the page here.
Space Equipment Catalog
Rod recently found this 1966 catalog of Gemini and Apollo space equipment produced by the Collins Radio Co.

Select Space then Space Equipment from the main menu.
View the page here.