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HANGAR TALK UNMANNED News relating to unmanned aerial systems


large-aircraft experience — just in a smaller package.”


The Honeywell Small UAV SatCom


Honeywell Launches World’s Smallest Satellite Communications Technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


Honeywell has launched its smallest, lightest satellite communications system yet, specifically designed for unmanned aerial vehicles. Weighing in at only one kilogram (2.2 pounds), the new system is 90% lighter than Honeywell’s smallest connectivity system and will bring some of the same connectivity capabilities enjoyed by larger aircraft to smaller unmanned vehicles in the air or on land.


Satellite communications, or SatCom, is a broad category of critical technologies that helps connect aircraft to each other and to operators or air traffic control on the ground.


Also within this category are technologies that make in-flight Wi-Fi or fleet tracking possible.


“Transportation as we know it is changing rapidly, and the need for connectivity is only becoming more important. As platforms evolve and new vehicles start operating both on land and in the air, it’s critical that satellite communications technology


system, powered by Inmarsat’s global satellite communications network, provides unmanned aerial vehicles with global connectivity and real-time video streaming. Seamless connectivity, delivered through Inmarsat’s comprehensive satellite network, is essential for safe and efficient air traffic management that enables beyond-visual-line-of-sight


(BVLOS)


capabilities. BVLOS allows unmanned aircraft to be operated remotely at scale, beyond the pilot’s field of view.


Traditionally, evolves


alongside them,” said Amanda King, vice president and general manager, Aerospace Connected Secure Solutions, Honeywell Connected Enterprise. “Honeywell’s small UAV SatCom system is a game-changer for these smaller unmanned aircraft that previously couldn’t be equipped with satellite communications. Now, they’ve got access to everything we’ve come to expect from the


satellite communications


systems have been available only for larger aircraft due to their large size, weight and power requirements. Now, with a new customizable design that’s 30% lighter than competing systems, Honeywell’s Small UAV SatCom system can be installed in different locations on the vehicle to accommodate a wider range of platforms, while ensuring safety of flight and avoiding unnecessary bulk.


course because of crowdsourced reports of heavy dust particles on the flight path. You’ll touch down on a small airstrip run by an autonomous flight tower located a few miles from your hotel. A flying taxi will arrive just as you step off the plane. Your favorite takeout meal and a glass of your preferred white wine will be in the spacious cabin. The taxi will lift off vertically into the air, fly over the city and land on the roof of your hotel; the flight will be so smooth that you won’t spill a drop of your wine.


Here’s how this is all going to work. The Future of Air Travel is Back On


In the future of air travel, you’ll disembark from your commercial flight without having to wait 30 minutes on the tarmac for the gate-bridge to arrive; it will already be there. You’ll walk through terminals and security checkpoints without having to stop and show a plethora of IDs, boarding passes and itineraries; everything will be stored in your phone and automatically read by security systems you walk through.


You’ll then skip the rental car and instead hop on a shorter, smaller flight to your hotel. Midway through the flight, pilots will adjust


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“There are a couple of themes we’re looking at for the future of air travel. The first is connectivity, where all the products on an aircraft are starting to be smart products, communicating with the ground- based infrastructure to create efficiencies. Then with artificial intelligence, I think you’re going to see a lot more efficiency and a frictionless journey,” said LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Information Management Solutions at Collins Aerospace.


“The third piece is autonomy. In 10 years, I’m not sure we’ll get all the way to no pilots in a cockpit, but I’d expect to see reduced pilot crews so that you would have some autonomy from the ground for backup and redundancy on some of the aircraft systems from the commercial perspective.”


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