X-15 Collins – First in Space!
Most Collins collectors are aware of the prominent position that Collins Radio holds as a supplier of quality avionics for the airline industry. Also, most are aware of Collins Radio’s contribution to the Mercury and Gemini space programs. When this country needed reliable space communication, there was only one place the government went. For the Apollo program, Collins was chosen as the Systems Integration Supplier and shared the supply role with several other electronics manufacturers including Motorola. Few know that when the first flight was made into space (X-15 Launch), that Collins was also the first choice there for the comm gear required. Collins Radio – First in Space.