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Development of Ground Control Station for Uncrewed Aircraft Testing

Honeywell and Supernal are partnering to develop a cutting-edge ground control station, allowing remote pilots to safely monitor and command aircraft while accessing real-time data By Joe Macey / 19 Oct 2023
Honeywell and Supernal developing ground control station for uncrewed aircraft testing
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Honeywell and Hyundai Motor Group’s Supernal have formed a collaboration to develop a ground control station designed to enable pilotless Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations.

This strategic collaboration will empower Supernal’s flight test program, allowing remote pilots to safely monitor and command aircraft while also accessing real-time aircraft data.

Honeywell’s ground control station is a software solution that allows remote aircraft operations beyond visual line of sight, an essential feature to maximize development aircraft testing and enable the future AAM market. With experience in developing certified avionics, Honeywell will customize a solution to serve Supernal’s needs as it moves through the testing of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. Depending on the needs of an operator, Honeywell’s ground control station technology could be scaled to manage hundreds or even thousands of vehicles across a series of stations. 

“The collaboration with Honeywell brings unparalleled technological prowess to our flight test program,” said Adam Slepian, Chief Commercial Officer, Supernal. “Their ground control station doesn’t just meet our current needs but also offers scalable solutions for the future.”

“The Honeywell ground control station features a certified, decentralized and redundant architecture that offers persistent connectivity for remote operations,” said David Shilliday, Vice President and General Manager, AAM, Honeywell Aerospace. “This integrated solution ensures seamless and reliable command and control over remote vehicles, further solidifying Honeywell’s role as a leader in Advanced Air Mobility solutions.”

The ground control station will seamlessly integrate with the onboard Honeywell Anthem Flight deck, which is already part of Supernal’s vehicle systems. This integration will reduce both technical and schedule risks, allowing Supernal to concentrate on building the aircraft.

According to Honeywell, the collaboration with Supernal highlights its ongoing investment in ready-now solutions to create a more sustainable future for air travel.

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