Honeywell’s Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems business unit will accelerate growth in autonomous and eco-friendly flight. (photo: Honeywell)
Honeywell has signalled a new focus on unmanned aerospace, establishing a business unit dedicated to engineering and sales of all types of products in the growing sector.
"Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems will play an increasing role in the future of aerospace, with potential applications in all-electric urban air taxi vehicles, hybrid-electric unmanned cargo drones, optionally piloted airplanes, delivery drones and everything in between," says Mike Madsen, president and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. "Honeywell has already contributed many technological advancements to these markets, and is well positioned to continue growing our portfolio to meet customer needs and help shape the future of autonomous aviation and urban transport."
With its own engineering and sales resources, the UAS business unit will develop new products and services uniquely required for these markets. It will also act as a systems integrator for all Honeywell products and services that could be used in this industry. These offerings include aircraft systems such as avionics, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and thermal management, flight services such as unmanned air traffic management, and ground operations services such as predictive aircraft maintenance analytics. Beyond technology development, this business will be a single point of contact for innovative aircraft designers or operators to easily do business with Honeywell.
"We're seeing the dawn of a new era in aviation, and Honeywell is at the forefront," says Stephane Fymat, vice president and general manager of the newly formed business. "By forming this new organisation, we will be able to harness the power of our engineering resources and know-how to transform urban air taxis, drone delivery of parcels and all forms of autonomous flight from a future vision into an everyday reality."
The new organisation will further expand Honeywell's growing portfolio of UAM solutions, and is heavily focused on software development, driving rapid development and testing of new products such as a "fly-by-wire" autopilot system that automatically ensures aircraft stability even if the pilot is "hands off" for extended periods of time; detect-and-avoid algorithms that automatically fly an aircraft around oncoming traffic; and artificial intelligence software that tracks landing zones for precise vertical landings every time.
Honeywell collaborates actively with companies such as Pipistrel, Vertical Aerospace, Volocopter and Jaunt Air Mobility. Beyond UAM, discussions are also under way with customers pursuing other unmanned flight operations, such as drone package delivery.
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