Honeywell & Ball Aerospace Deliver a New Era of High-Speed Connectivity

  • Advanced optical terminals to enable connectivity from ground to space, spacecraft to spacecraft  and spacecraft to aircraft 


 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 16, 2018 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is joining forces with Ball Aerospace to create and produce advanced optical communication data links. With this product, satellite operators will be able to offer high-speed, high-capacity and affordable connectivity to commercial and government users worldwide. 

 “Working with Ball Aerospace, combining our optical and space manufacturing technologies with Ball’s extensive expertise in optical systems and solutions, creates a powerful world-class team to enable the transition of space communications into the optical communications era,” said Marina Mississian, senior director, Space Payloads, Honeywell Aerospace.

 “Ball and Honeywell are leveraging their respective strengths to collaboratively develop advanced optical terminals for intersatellite links,” said Brad Tousley, vice president, Strategic Technology Development and Commercial Aerospace, Ball Aerospace. “Our team’s strong, proven capabilities in developing and manufacturing precision space-based optical systems will ensure the success of future low-earth-orbit constellations.”

  Since the 1990s, Ball Aerospace and Honeywell have combined their knowledge and expertise on various optical communications capabilities. This new collaboration provides a unique North American solution for commercial and U.S. government markets. The optical communication terminals are manufactured entirely from North American-sourced parts, ensuring secure solutions for critical domestic missions. 

  Free-space optical communication systems provide an innovative complement to traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions, bringing the internet speeds of terrestrial fiber optics to space. Using laser technology, optical communication systems offer a much narrower and more focused beam than traditional RF links, resulting in higher data rates, more capacity, greater security, and smaller, lighter and more affordable terminals. To learn more about Honeywell’s full offering of space solutions, visit us here or stop by and see Honeywell at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs at Booth #428, April 16-19.

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Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.  Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit 

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