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Big, Bigger, Biggest on Skylab and ARIA In 2009 I was contacted by Lee Reading from Windfall Films, London, England. Windfall Films was producing Big, Bigger, Biggest, highlighting Telescopes and Space Stations. Lee contacted me though the flyARIA.com web site tasked with researching this project. I was able to provide technical information on the antenna control console and the parabolic antenna and antenna drive housed in the radome. Windfall Films also made contact with Michael Kiley a former ARIA pilot that had been involved with providing support for Skylab and was interviewed by Windfall Films for inclusion in the program. After production was completed I was sent a copy of the show as was Michael Kiley. As soon as we viewed the video a very big problem in the portrayal of the ARIA mission was quite evident. Windfall Films received emails from both myself and Michael explaining the problem. The problem? Windfall Films portrayed 8 ARIA aircraft continuously flying around the earth providing continuous communication abilities to Skylab. They corrected this error and the animation was revised prior to being aired. Being a former ARIA antenna operator I wanted the portrayal of the parabolic antenna operation portrayed correctly. They did a very good job with the animation of the antenna drive. However, they took artistic license with portrayal of the equipment in the aircraft. They did at least show the antenna control had elevation and azimuth manual control knobs. It should be noted the dipole antennas originally mounted to the parabolic dish antenna were not represented in the animation.
Big, Bigger, Biggest on Skylab and ARIA Copyright Windfall Films
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This Web Site Copyright © 2000-2017 Randy L. Losey - All other works Copyright © by their perspective owners
Big, Bigger, Biggest on Skylab and ARIA In 2009 I was contacted by Lee Reading from Windfall Films, London, England. Windfall Films was producing Big, Bigger, Biggest, highlighting Telescopes and Space Stations. Lee contacted me though the flyARIA.com web site tasked with researching this project. I was able to provide technical information on the antenna control console and the parabolic antenna and antenna drive housed in the radome. Windfall Films also made contact with Michael Kiley a former ARIA pilot that had been involved with providing support for Skylab and was interviewed by Windfall Films for inclusion in the program. After production was completed I was sent a copy of the show as was Michael Kiley. As soon as we viewed the video a very big problem in the portrayal of the ARIA mission was quite evident. Windfall Films received emails from both myself and Michael explaining the problem. The problem? Windfall Films portrayed 8 ARIA aircraft continuously flying around the earth providing continuous communication abilities to Skylab. They corrected this error and the animation was revised prior to being aired. Being a former ARIA antenna operator I wanted the portrayal of the parabolic antenna operation portrayed correctly. They did a very good job with the animation of the antenna drive. However, they took artistic license with portrayal of the equipment in the aircraft. They did at least show the antenna control had elevation and azimuth manual control knobs. It should be noted the dipole antennas originally mounted to the parabolic dish antenna were not represented in the animation.
Big, Bigger, Biggest on Skylab and ARIA Copyright Windfall Films