2015: Defense & Space Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to 2016.  2015 was a busy year for Honeywell’s Defense and Space Business segment - full of awards and recognition including individual and team recognition for support of the Orion EFT-1 launch; program milestones including the commemoration of 15+ years on the International Space Station and a global celebration of the Inaugural World Helicopter Day.

Team DuraFET, a collective of environmental and technology leaders representing Honeywell Aerospace, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and Sea-Bird Scientific, was honored with the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE for its development of advanced deep-sea pH sensor technologies.

Honeywell Aerospace was recognized in the 12th annual Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards competition and our very own Elizabeth Bierman, a senior project engineer was inducted into the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp Hall of Fame. 

And we would be remiss if we did not recognize a few of the key wins including the U.S. Army’s Selection of Honeywell Aerospace to provide the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for the Apache attack helicopter.  Our Federal Manufacturing & Technologies group was also awarded the management and operating contract for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Honeywell also signed agreements with Marenco Swisshelicopter to supply the HTS900 engine for the new SKYe SH09 helicopter and inked a Memorandum of Agreement for the CTS800 engine, a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter program.

Other major headlines for 2015 included:


  1. Taking Over the Controls of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II
  2. Technology on show at Aero India 2015
  3. TPE331 Engine Selected to Power India’s Latest Military Trainer Prototype


  1. Honeywell’s Big Solutions for Small Satellites
  2. NASA, Lockheed Martin Thank Honeywell for Work on Orion Mission
  3. Honeywell Space: Proven Mission Operations, Reliability and Sustainability


  1. Now You See It – Helicopter Synthetic & Combined Vision
  2. Honeywell Develops 100X Faster SATCOM for AW139
  3. Crowds flock to celebrate 100 years of AgustaWestland

As 2016 approaches, we look forward to continued work on programs such as NASA’s Orion EM-1 mission, the Air Force’s Satellite Control Network and Augusta Westland’s AW139 aircraft.  You can catch up with us at key industry events including the National Space Symposium, Satellite 2016, Heli-Expo and Eurosatory. 

We look forward to 2016 and sharing the Possibilities of Flight. Made Easy.


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