Posted on: 02 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Honeywell Aerospace (Honeywell) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OneWeb Ltd (OneWeb) to provide both aircraft equipment and airtime services to bring the latter’s high speed internet – enabled by the planned construction of a 600 strong satellite constellation – to business, commercial and military aircraft.
With the constellation due to be operational in 2019 (four years’ time), OneWeb predicts its internet service will offer approximately 10 terabits per second of high-speed access to billions of people across the globe, even in the most remote areas. In terms of in-flight connectivity (IFC), Honeywell hopes that using its hardware and airtime services, OneWeb’s satcoms will provide aircraft with weather, navigation and health monitoring.
Honeywell is also working with OneWeb to explore in-orbit satellite equipment supply for the 600-plus satellite constellation. When launched, OneWeb's claims its constellation will be the largest telecommunications constellation in orbit, enabling more capacity with higher speed and lower latency than any satellite technology to date.
“At Honeywell, our goal is to expand in-flight connectivity through ambitious technology innovation,” explained Carl Esposito, vice president of marketing and product management, Honeywell Aerospace. “By leveraging OneWeb's satellite network, we can bring the benefits of connectivity to new customers, improving aircraft efficiency, safety, comfort and security.”
“Our mission is to enable affordable internet access for everyone,” commented OneWeb’s CEO, Greg Wyler. “By partnering with Honeywell, we can bring the benefits of affordable, low-latency broadband to business, commercial and military aircraft. We look forward to working with Honeywell, which has unparalleled expertise in aerospace connectivity, as a key partner in advancing global connectivity.”
OneWeb is supported by Virgin and Qualcomm.