Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell Aerospace (a division of the Honeywell International conglomerate) is the leading manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics. Famous for inventing the electronic autopilot in 1942 to assist the World War II effort, Honeywell was founded in 1914 as a heating company and grew through a number of acquisitions and mergers of aviation and electronic companies such as Sperry Aerospace, Bendix, Garrett AiResearch, Pioneer, Lycoming, Grimes, King Radio, and Allied-Signal.
Honeywell Aerospace has been a part of a number of major space-related projects including:
- Developing fictional space technologies for Stanley Kubrick's 2001
- Developing the Orbital Scanner program for NASA's Langley Research Center.
- Working on the Skylab experiments, the Viking Program, and the Pioneer 10.
- Contributing to Project Vanguard, leading to the launch of First America's satellite.
- Providing controls to the International Space Station.