Honeywell Forms UAS Business Unit
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | Comments

Honeywell formed a new business unit dedicated to the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM) industries. The UAS business unit will continue Honeywell's momentum in these emerging markets, using the firm’s technology, software, services and certification expertise to meet customers' needs in these markets.

"UAM and UAS 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," said 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."

Equipped 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.

The new organization will focus on software development and 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 (AI) software that tracks landing zones for precise vertical landings every time.

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