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A SOLUTION FOR EVERY UNMANNED MISSION
Honeywell is applying its unique expertise to meet the specific needs of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Manufacturers. We’re a leader in developing products, services and software solutions for aerospace and have more than three decades of experience in the UAV business with a presence on many of the leading platforms flying today.
Our Engines power leading military and commercial helicopters, business aircraft and UAV platforms, including the MQ-9 Reaper. The G250 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), which currently flies on the X-47B, uses technology designed for the fifth-generation fighter environment and can restore power to the system within five seconds if an emergency occurs. Honeywell’s inertial EGI (embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation system) navigation technology currently equips leading UAV platforms including the MQ-9 Reaper, Predator, X-47B and K-MAX, providing platforms with unparalleled levels of performance, accuracy, and reliability.
Our starter generator and power converter products have evolved along with our customers’ needs and the latest generation of electrical power equipment for the Reaper is smaller, lighter, generates more power and is 10 times more reliable than the previous version.
With more than 5B hours of operating success across multiple platforms, Honeywell Flight Control and Utility Actuators control the flaps and other primary flight surfaces on the aircraft.
ADVANCING THE SCIENCE OF UNMANNED VEHICLES
Advanced Inertial Measurement Unit
Our next-generation navigation systems will include the latest Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) to combine accurate navigation and high reliability with extended mission life.
Sense and Avoid System
Operating safely and effectively in the commercial airspace is a challenge for the UAV industry – and the entire aerospace community. With an effective sense and avoid (SAA) system onboard, UAV platforms will be able to detect friendly and unfriendly traffic soon enough to maintain safe separation and avoid midair collisions. We’re testing the UAV industry’s most advanced technology on the MQ-9 Reaper, following extensive prototype testing on our own flying testbed. We also are partnering with various aviation authorities to develop international SAA certification standards. With our extensive background in situational awareness and collision avoidance technologies, Honeywell is in a unique position to advance the development of this critical UAV capability.
Secure Remote Connectivity
We are working on innovative approaches to ensure secure communications between UAV platforms and ground operations. With a focus on both satellite communications and other remote communications technologies, we’re working to bring together multi-level security standards used in commercial aviation with military protective technologies to enable the best of both worlds.
Hybrid electric aircraft appears to be the wave of the future for UAV platforms. We have been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to explore ways to provide future UAV platforms with hybrid propulsion technologies that will enable extended missions.
Aircraft Damping and Isolation
Honeywell’s D-strutTM solutions can save aircraft hundreds of pounds of weight by efficient isolation vibration-induced structural displacements. Optional considerations include munitions isolation, engine-to-aircraft isolation, and damping. This technology replaces traditional ineffective visco-elastic damping solutions, however, the approach is high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) based on three decades of mission success on a multitude of platforms.