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Counting Down 2022: 5 Top Honeywell Aerospace Stories

Counting Down 2022: 5 Top Honeywell Aerospace Stories

It’s been a busy year for Honeywell Aerospace and our talented employees around the world. With everything happening at Honeywell, it’s hard to pick just a handful of moments to feature in an end-of-year wrap-up—but here are five of 2022’s top stories. 

Honeywell Anthem

Our game changing Honeywell Anthem flight deck continues to win rave reviews from aircraft companies, pilots and anyone else who’s had a chance to experience it at an industry event or in our advanced tech lab in Phoenix. Honeywell Anthem is the world’s first and only fully connected cockpit. It’s smart, flexible, modular and fun to fly.

“Honeywell Anthem is very intuitive and easy to fly. (It’s) unique in that it lets you do complex things very easily. It’s got a simplified, object-oriented graphic interface that reminds me of a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and an always-on cockpit browser that connects the flight deck securely to the outside world.” – Steve Fulton, Fulton Aviation.

Honeywell Anthem is ready to fly in all kinds of aircraft, from passenger jets and helicopters to next-generation urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft. In fact, it’s already been chosen to equip two pioneering UAM platforms – the Vertical Aerospace VX4 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and the eVTOL Lilium Jet. And that’s just the start for this amazing flight deck. 

James Webb Space Telescope

It’s one thing to gaze at the stars through a telescope. It’s quite another to use a telescope to peer back billions of years, almost to the beginning of time. But that’s exactly what the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is doing thanks in no small part to technology from Honeywell.

“With Webb, we can see deeper into the universe than Hubble did, which means we'll look back further in time. When stars and galaxies released the ‘first light’ that Webb and its instruments will now see, they were only a few hundred million years old, much closer to the Big Bang, and closer to their formation environment.” – Neil Rowlands, Honeywell Space Systems.

Working with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Honeywell developed, tested and built one of the space observatory’s four critical instruments. It consists of two parts: a fine guidance sensor that keeps the Webb pointed in the right direction and a science instrument that lets scientists gather information about the spectra of distant planets.

Without Honeywell’s contributions, the amazing otherworldly images the JWST sends back to Earth would be out of focus, because our sensor helps the observatory lock onto its heavenly subjects. 

Artemis Mission

The spirit of exploration is alive and well at Honeywell, where smart and talented employees are making it possible for humans to return to the Moon and eventually journey to Mars. We provided several systems for this year’s historic uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, which took the Orion spacecraft on a trip around the Moon and within 60 miles of its surface. Honeywell will provide 14 product types for future crewed Artemis missions including guidance and navigation systems, command and data handling technology, displays and controls, and core flight software.

“There are so many people working on this program at Honeywell. The most amazing part is being able to work with people from all the different teams ... it really does take a village and it’s amazing. I started here as an intern in 2016 helping out with the display unit and I remember my coworkers telling me ‘Your software is going to be in space.’ How cool is that!” - Cinthya Tang, Space Systems.

It’s been 50 years since humans visited Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. Honeywell technology has been to the Moon before. We provided the stabilization and control systems and other equipment for the Apollo program. In fact, we’ve been involved in every crewed program in NASA’s history. 

Connected Engines

For decades, operators of Honeywell propulsion engines have relied on our Maintenance Service Plan (MSP) to provide peace of mind and protect them from unplanned maintenance costs. This year we launched new connected-engine capabilities that track engine use and reward MSP participants who operate their engines within prescribed values. 

“Honeywell uses data analytics to track key performance parameters including flight length, throttle setting and flight environment. Operators are eligible for a discount of up to 10 percent off the hourly rate for operating their aircraft under optimal conditions. The usage-based feature provides more flexibility for MSP operators with data they can use to further improve the operation of their aircraft.” – Honeywell MSP. 

The Honeywell EDG-100 Connected Engine “Edge Node” and service makes the usage-based MSP easier and more accessible than ever before. The service automatically downloads and transmits engine data via Wi-Fi from the engine computers to the Honeywell Forge cloud, and to CAMP Systems for engine condition trend monitoring after each flight. Operators of HTF7000 Series and TFE731-20/40/50/60 “Next Gen” propulsion engines are eligible for the program.

Honeywell 360 Display

The Honeywell 360 Display made a big impression when it was unveiled at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Expo in October. The wearable display uses augmented and mixed reality to deliver advanced levels of situational awareness, operator effectiveness and safety for pilots and ground-vehicle operators. 

“This exciting new 360-degree display was designed to meet military standards of ruggedness and performance, but it’s also ideal for commercial pilots, heavy equipment and crane operators, law enforcement, firefighters, search and rescue personnel and anyone else who needs to operate an aircraft or ground vehicle in hazardous or low-visibility conditions.” – Julie Heck, Honeywell Defense Systems.

Unlike competing technologies, the Honeywell 360 Display simulates natural vision with a high-resolution, ultra-low-latency view of what’s really going on around the aircraft or vehicle. The lightweight display is designed for extended use and won’t cause nausea like some other systems.

The aviation version of the display is a wearable visor that provides civilian or military pilots with a high-resolution 360-degree view that seamlessly matches the view outside the cockpit. Operators of military or civilian ruggedized vehicles can use the display to safely maneuver in low visibility or hazardous conditions. 

Kailey Loud
Customer Marketing Specialist
Kailey Loud is the customer success Lead for Honeywell Aerospace.