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The Collins GPS History

January 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Former Collins engineers David Van Dusseldorn and Robert Erlandson will present a slide program entitled The Collins GPS Story on Sunday, January 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. The presentation describes the early technological developments that rapidly propelled GPS from a scientific curiosity to a practical means of accurate worldwide positioning, navigation and timing, and later developments that led to the widespread GPS adoption in aircraft, ground transport, precision agriculture, construction, communication network timing and cell phones. Van Dusseldorn worked in GPS, Display, and Unmanned Air Vehicle engineering and management positions at Rockwell Collins for 36 years. Erlandson worked on various RF and microwave frequency advanced technology projects at Collins for 28 years and is currently an engineering consultant on aviation GPS. Both worked on the first Collins GPS receiver project, the Generalized Development Model for the US Airforce Avionics Laboratory. The museum will open at 1 p.m. and the program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. This is our last program about the current exhibition The Collins Story: on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. The exhibition will close Sat., February 29, 2020. It has been sponsored in part by the City of Marion Hotel Motel Grant Program and offered in collaboration with the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association. Admission to the exhibition is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.


January 26
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Marion Heritage Center & Museum
590 10th St
Marion, IA 52302 United States
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(319) 447-6376
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