Multinational conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. has entered a memorandum of understanding with startup OneWeb Ltd. to bolster the latter’s efforts of bringing inflight Internet access via satellite for commercial and military aviation.
Under the agreement, Honeywell will provide aircraft equipment and airtime services that would further expand the vision of OneWeb of providing high-speed space-based Internet across the globe.
“At Honeywell, our goal is to expand inflight connectivity through ambitious technology innovation,” said Carl Esposito, vice president for Marketing and Product Management at 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.”
The multinational conglomerate has an established and expansive technological expertise delivering consumer products, engineering services, and aerospace systems across different industries. Under its Honeywell Aerospace business unit, the company has provided an array of solutions ranging from wireless connectivity to fuel efficiency.
OneWeb, on the other hand, is currently building the OneWeb Satellite Constellation, a proposed network of about 700 satellites that would orbit the Earth and provide spaced-based Internet. Launch date is set in 2019. The company hopes to provide 10 tbps high-speed Internet access to billions of people.
“Our mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone,” said Greg Wyler chief executive officer of OneWeb Ltd. “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.” Photo credit: Jetstar Airways/Adapted/CC