18.6.2020

Honeywell claims world smallest UAV SATCOM technology

World’s Smallest UAV SATCOM Technology Announced – link

Source: UST

Article Headlines

  • Honeywell has launched a new miniature lightweight satellite communications (SATCOM) system for UAVs that it claims is the smallest in the world
  • Weighing just one kilogram (2.2 pounds), the new system is 90% lighter than the company’s previous smallest connectivity system
  • The new Honeywell Small UAV SATCOM system is powered by Inmarsat’s global satellite communications network and provides drones with global connectivity and real-time video streaming
  • Seamless connectivity is essential for safe and efficient air traffic management that enables beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operations
  • The combination of the Honeywell Small UAV SATCOM system and Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity can keep vehicles connected even in remote areas or over water where other ground-based communications systems, such as 4G, are not available
  • Due to large size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements, SATCOM systems have traditionally only been a viable option for larger UAVs. Honeywell’s new Small UAV SATCOM system features a flexible and customizable design that allows it to be installed in different locations on the vehicle, making it suited to a wider range of drone platforms while ensuring flight safety and avoiding unnecessary weight

Overview & Comments

  • Continuing the rise of more capable mini & STUAS systems a one kg SATCOM aerial terminal will boost mission versatility
  • BVLOS flight profiles are not just extended range but also critical in coping with natural or man-made concealments
  • Pending on mission requirements, the ability to fly lower and closer to the area of interest will enhance the ISR outcome
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