Military Embedded Systems

Small UAV satellite communications system shown by Honeywell and Pipistrel at Xponential show


August 16, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Honeywell image.

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2021--ATLANTA. Honeywell's Small UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] satellite communications (SATCOM) system has been selected by small aircraft designer and manufacturer Pipistrel, as part of the new outfitting for three of Pipistrel'snew aircraft, including the fixed-wing Surveyor and both unmanned Nuuva platforms, the V300 and smaller V20.    

According to an announcement released by the companies, the Honeywell Small UAV SATCOM system - weighing in just 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) -- is 90% lighter than the company’s next smallest connectivity system but enables the same SATCOM capabilities enjoyed by larger aircraft. 

The system, as detailed in the release, gives UAVs global coverage, allows for real-time video streaming to the ground, and enables beyond-line-of-sight capabilities, so that vehicles can be operated remotely beyond the operator’s visual sight. In addition, the Small UAV SATCOM can keep vehicles connected even in remote areas or over water where other ground-based communications systems, such as 4G, are unavailable. 

Honeywell is exhibiting its products at the in-person AUVSI Xponential show, held August 16019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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