Honeywell has a new urban air mobility lab. Why does its avionics research matter for UAM?

June 16, 2022
The main solutions on display and detailed in this report include its Simplified Vehicle Operations controls interface, its Detect and Avoid Radar solution, and its small form-factor fly-by-wire digital computer, Daniel Litwin writes for MarketScale.

PHOENIX - Nestled into arid Phoenix, Arizona, deep in the stretches of its business parks, sits Honeywell Aersospace, the aircraft engines and avionics division of Honeywell International and just one of the many arms of the multinational manufacturing and business solutions conglomerate. The company at-large has a global footprint that touches a number of critical industries; from building management, to last mile software delivery solutions, to inorganic chemical compounds. Though, under its Phoenix roof is maybe the company’s most exciting, cutting-edge and future-focused research: developing new avionics solutions in urban air mobility, Daniel Litwin writes for MarketScale.

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The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 June 2022 - MarketScale got an invitation to see Honeywell's new research and development lab where it develops hardware and software for the uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM) markets.

The new lab is located at Honeywell’s Deer Valley avionics facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Configured to look like the front end of an aircraft, the new lab has one seat situated in front of a primary display with three additional large wraparound displays to view the simulated outside environment around the aircraft. It has hardware typically seen in a traditional aircraft cockpit and Honeywell’s Compact Fly-by-Wire System acts as the brains of the operation, with flight routes and actual control laws built into the software, so the simulated vehicle will operate the same way it would in the real world.

In their piece, Litwin dives into Honeywell's history in the avionics space, compact fly-by-wire systems, and how this nacent technology is being brought to the market.

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