Honeywell and Supernal have announced a collaboration to develop a ground control station designed to enable pilotless advanced air mobility (AAM) operations.

The partnership will support Hyundai Motor Group’s AAM flight test programme, 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 maximise development aircraft testing and enable the future AAM market.

Honeywell will customise a solution to serve Supernal’s needs as it moves through the testing of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle.

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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.”

As part of Hyundai Motor Group, Supernal is working to collaborate with 50+ affiliate companies and external partners like Honeywell to develop its eVTOL vehicle for commercial use starting in 2028.

Supernal and Honeywell are committed to co-creating an AAM ecosystem to ensure the industry can scale in the coming decades, and ground control stations will be key to that ecosystem’s success.

“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.”
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