Honeywell-Powered Satellites Are More Effective And Efficient In Orbit
With an industry first of 100 million flight hours in space, Honeywell's
Reaction Wheel Assemblies have 100 percent success rate
PHOENIX, Dec. 18, 2012
PHOENIX, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON)
announced that its Reaction Wheel Assemblies (RWAs) for satellites, which are
designed to control the momentum of satellites in orbit, have totaled more
than 100 million flight hours. In the more than 40 years that Honeywell has
created innovative products for satellites, such as RWAs, no Honeywell RWA has
ever caused a satellite to fail or abort a mission.
Currently Honeywell has more than 1,100 RWAs in orbiting satellites with many
satellites staying operational beyond their originally intended mission length
due to Honeywell products.
What Is an RWA?
An RWA steers a satellite while in orbit, pointing it in the right direction
and putting it in the right position. It is critical to every function a
satellite performs, whether for civil and military communications, data
transmission, or other purpose.
According to the Satellite Industry Association, government and civil
communications satellites make up nearly 60 percent of the satellites in
orbit. Without proper momentum control, satellites are at risk of not
performing properly, aborting their mission or potentially failing completely.
Without the precise momentum control of Honeywell RMAs, consumers can lose
access to phone, TV, Internet, mobile communications and other services
provided by satellites.
In addition to Reaction Wheel Assemblies, Honeywell provides Control Moment
Gyroscopes (CMGs) for applications requiring higher torque or more agility
than is typically available from RWAs.
Honeywell Satellite Expertise
Honeywell has provided products and services, including RWAs, to satellite
operators for more than 40 years. Satellite operators such as Lockheed Martin,
Northrop Grumman, Ball Aerospace, the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous
others use Honeywell RWAs to keep their satellites in orbit and functioning
well beyond the initial scope of the mission.
Honeywell customers understand that by using Honeywell RWAs, satellites can
stay functioning in space and on mission longer than expected, saving the time
and resources needed to launch a new satellite or replace a failed one. With
satellite missions often costing in the hundreds of millions of dollars,
keeping satellites running longer with RWAs helps operators keep costs down.
Kurt Meister, Vice President of Space, Honeywell Aerospace
"Honeywell has been building RWAs for more than 40 years and in that time no
Honeywell Reaction Wheel Assembly has ever failed to meet its mission life
requirements. In fact, we have units designed to perform for 10 years that are
still working 30 years later. Our RWAs provide superior performance in terms
of size and power efficiency, and we assist our customers by modeling out
vehicle control laws and control validation, making sure that everything
continues to work long after the launch."
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