World’s Smallest SATCOM System Launched

World’s Smallest SATCOM System Launched

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Seamless connectivity is essential for safe and efficient air traffic management that enables beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operations, opening up a wide variety of applications, including UAV-based inspections. 

Due to large size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements, SATCOM systems have traditionally only been a viable option for larger UAVs. A new miniature lightweight satellite communications system was launched in order to provide drones with global connectivity and real-time video streaming. Honeywell claims that the new Small UAV SATCOM system is the smallest in the world. 

SATCOM is a broad group of connectivity technologies that allow UAVs to communicate with each other and with operators or control stations on the ground, as well as providing aircraft tracking. 

Weighing just one kilogram (2.2 pounds), the new system is 90% lighter than the company’s previous smallest connectivity system. The system is powered by Inmarsat’s global satellite communications network. 

According to, the combination of the Honeywell Small UAV SATCOM system and Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity can keep unmanned vehicles connected even in remote areas or over water where other ground-based communications systems, such as 4G, are not available.

The system features a flexible and customizable design that allows it to be installed in different locations on the vehicle, making it suited to a wider range of drone platforms while ensuring flight safety and avoiding unnecessary weight.