Buzz Aldrin receiving 'Moon Talk'.
photo credit: Ross Bell, Executive Director of Aerospace States Association.
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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.
Episode-I, Premieres May 5, 2021. • This new film will premiere Wednesday, May 5, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Rd., Marion, IA.
Doors open 30 minutes before show times.
• Admission is free, however the assigned seating fee is $1 per seat.
• Collins Road Theatres now has luxury recliners that reduced the maximum seating capacity, so reserving your ticket online is recommended.
• Special thanks to Bruce Taylor for allowing us to screen our film at his theater.
- Buy lots of popcorn!
• Masks are required.
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Read more about Gemini
Our next movie, Steps to the Moon, is scheduled for May 5th.
In the mean time, we think you may be interested in reading a story by someone who was deeply involved in the Gemini Program.
Hugo Kann served on the design team for the HF receiver and later, Project Engineer.
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What's New ?
Latest additions to the AACLA web site • 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.
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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.
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- 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
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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This Month in History - May
May 1st, 1943 –78 years ago. The first issue of Collins Column, an internal company publication, was delivered to the employees.
May 1st, 1933 –88 years ago. Arthur's first QST article "Getting Acquainted With the Short Waves" is published by the ARRL.
May 5th, 1961 –60 years ago. A Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7), with Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds.
May 13th, 1937 –84 years ago. The Collins Radio Company, already incorporated in Delaware, reorganized as an Iowa corporation.
May 15th, 1963 –58 years ago. A Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7) with Astronaut, L. Gordon Cooper, Jr, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This twenty-two-orbit flight lasted 34 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds. Faith 7 was the last Mercury mission.
May 24th, 1962 –59 years ago. A Mercury-Atlas 7 (Aurora 7) with Astronaut, M. Scott Carpenter, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This multi-orbit flight lasted 4 hours, 56 minutes, 5 seconds - a duplicate of Glenn's flight.
FY20 Annual Report
Our Fiscal-Year 2020 Annual Report has been released.
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1937 Collins Stock
From Creation to Consolidation - View the share certificates of Arthur’s Iowa-based corporation.
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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.
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