Radiation Details Moon Landing Success to Employees

The Radiation employee publication – "Radiation Ink" – detailed the mission and the important roles that employees played in that success. The September 1969 edition noted that prime contractors Collins Radio Company and Grumman Aerospace Corporation officials lauded Radiation technology for performing flawlessly.

The publication included an article on how moon mission technology will power an upcoming wave of Earth observation satellites, for which L3Harris continues to provide technology today.



Radiation President Shares Praise

Radiation President Joe Boyd shares kudos from the main Apollo contractors with employees.

“To these words, I can only add my own thank you and congratulations for a job well done,” Boyd wrote to the workforce.

The praise came in the form of telegrams from Collins Radio Company and Grumman Aerospace Corporation.



RCA Apollo Program Communications

RCA provided communications for all VHF communications during the Apollo Manned Space Program, ranging from 1963-1972 and servicing Apollo 7 through Apollo 17.

Perhaps the most notable achievement was RCA's development of extravehicular communcations system radio backpack transmitters.

Neil Armstrong and Edward "Buzz" Aldrin carried these backpacks and had the ability to communicate with each other - and the world - once they stepped foot on the moon.

The transmitter relayed some of the most famous words in history when Armstrong said "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."


snoopy award

NASA Honors Radiation Employee with Silver Snoopy Award

NASA officials recognized Radiation employee Robert E. Clark with a coveted Silver Snoopy award in 1969 for his work on the Apollo program.

Clark worked on final assembly operations on Apollo telemetry units during the program.

The Silver Snoopy is a prestigious award given by astronauts to employees within NASA or contractors for their support of space exploration. A silver pin of the Snoopy cartoon character that has flown in space is presented to the honoree.

Peanuts cartoonist Charles Shultz was a space program supporter who agreed to let his character be used for the award.



Apollo Communications and Information Handling Equipment

Radiation's parent company Harris-Intertype issued a printed brochure detailing the important roles it played during the Apollo 11 mission. Among the technologies it provided were data acquisition and processing systems and the network of ground antennas around the world that supported the NASA tracking and command network.

While Radiation had the most involvement in Apollo, other branches of Harris-Intertype also took part by providing a Lunar Module simulator, two-way radio systems, and broadcast equipment used to televise the mission.



Apollo 11 Media Kit

As hundreds of journalists arrived in Florida to cover the Apollo 11 mission, Harris-Intertype officials wanted to make sure the reporters made note of the company’s contributions.

They issued a media kit dubbed “Apollo 11 Sidebar News” that featured information, photos that could be cropped and reproduced, and pieces of trivia titled “Space Capsules.”

One of the capsules included this tidbit: “Information on the status of equipment on board the Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module – and the physical conditions of the astronauts – is relayed to Earth via two telemetry systems designed and manufactured by the Electronics Group of Harris-Intertype Corporation. Data from the moon is back here in about 1.3 seconds!”



Visions of Space Exploration

When NASA recognized the 20th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 1989, officials at the company – then being called simply Harris Corporation – crafted a whimsical look ahead to the future of space exploration.

Called “A Space Vision for the Next 100 Years,” the article envisions a colony on the moon, Helium-3 mining to power nuclear-fusion ion-driven propulsion systems, and a trillion-mile journey to the Alpha Centauri star cluster.

But not all the ideas were the stuff of science fiction. The article mentions an orbiting space outpost that reflects the International Space Station and the next generation of space telescopes to succeed Hubble – two of which are well along in development with L3Harris playing prominent roles. And the moon presence is detailed as serving as a launching pad for travel to Mars, a component of NASA’s current deep space exploration strategy.