Honeywell Aerospace has signed a memorandum of understanding with OneWeb, under which it will provide aircraft equipment and airtime services to bring the benefits of OneWeb’s planned satellite constellation to aircraft. OneWeb is building a constellation of more than 600 satellites, which is intended to provide approximately 10 terabits per second of high-speed internet access to billions of people around the world, even in the most remote areas.
When launched, OneWeb says 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. The OneWeb satellite constellation is expected to be operational in approximately four years.
Under the agreement, Honeywell will provide business jet, commercial airline and military aviation customers with aircraft hardware and airtime services that could include weather, navigation and health monitoring of the aircraft via the OneWeb satellite constellation. In addition, Honeywell will work with OneWeb to explore in-orbit satellite equipment supply for the 600-plus satellite constellation.
“By leveraging OneWeb’s satellite network, we can bring the benefits of connectivity to new customers, improving aircraft efficiency, safety, comfort and security,” said Carl Esposito, VP of marketing and product management at Honeywell Aerospace.
“Our mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone,” added Greg Wyler, CEO of OneWeb Ltd. “By partnering with Honeywell, we can bring the benefits of affordable, low-latency broadband to business, commercial and military aircraft.”