Honeywell unveils VersaWave with 5G for UAS

June 28, 2023
The development of VersaWave with 5G was influenced by feedback from customers who had previously integrated Honeywell's satcom system as well as those who opted for alternative solutions.

PHOENIX - Honeywell Aerospace recently unveiled its latest small satcom system, called VersaWave with 5G, designed specifically for advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles and uncrewed aerial systems (UAS). This innovative system combines satellite communication (satcom), cellular connectivity (including 5G, 4G, and 3G), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities in an incredibly small and lightweight package. By integrating these various connectivity options, VersaWave enables beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) communication, making it an ideal solution for UAS, Jessica Reed reports for Aviation Today.

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28 June 2023 - At 2.2 pounds, Honeywell’s VersaWave with 5G is a hardware and software solution that combines multiple connectivity options in a single package, and also transitions between cellular and satcom seamlessly and automatically, providing reliable Inmarsat satcom connectivity when outside cellular coverage. The system’s cellular capability includes high-speed 5G connectivity supporting low latency and high data transfers at a low cost whether on public or private networks. It also has onboard Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reporting for real-time position tracking.

“VersaWave significantly enhances our small satcom system introduced in 2021, and we expect it to be adopted not just by the AAM market but also defense and commercial customers,” said Steve Hadden, vice president and general manager, Services and Connectivity, Honeywell Aerospace. “By adding cellular connectivity, the new satcom system will provide customers with the flexibility to choose their connectivity solution based on individual needs without having to install multiple systems.”

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