New Honeywell airborne technologies aim to improve light drone BVLOS capabilities

In August, Honeywell announced a range of technologies to support small drone operations, allowing them to fly three times longer and with less human intervention, according to the company. Honeywell’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) suite comprises:

  • Honeywell’s 600-watt and 1200-watt hydrogen fuel cells
  • Honeywell’s RDR-84K multipurpose radar
  • Honeywell’s inertial measurement units (IMUs)
  • Honeywell’s UAV Satcom – “the world’s smallest and lightest satellite transceiver”

According to a press release:

“Honeywell’s RDR-84K is a phased-array radar that steers beams electronically, meaning it has no moving parts and requires minimal maintenance. It also requires no heavy cooling systems. In addition to avoiding other aircraft, the radar can detect obstacles, map terrain and identify landing zones. It can act as a radar altimeter and provide mapping for alternate navigation if GPS guidance fails. The BVLOS suite will allow drone designers to combine data in clever new ways to save weight and power. Its radar computes an avoidance path using built-in circuitry, rather than requiring a separate processor. Its satellite uplink can be used to download real-time weather and traffic reports from other drones.

“Honeywell’s UAV Satcom and IMUs are available now, with some IMU models priced as low as USD1,800. The RDR-84K and fuel cells are in late-stage development, and prototype fuel cells are available for purchase and evaluation now.”

For more information

https://aerospace.honeywell.com/us/en/learn/about-us/press-release/2021/08/new-honeywell-technology-light-drones-cleaner-fuel-cells?mkt_tok=NjQxLVFJWC05MTIAAAF_REvD6e_N2PgUGHHoN5t52b9TXBEt7UkEoumDCX4YEwYnRylT6SMaBvuJge1OWNI3y1AKxJ452j94eJwFVCc6B8L1jXMmomHlzcujO-sgF1D3Jg

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