Honeywell Aerospace 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.
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. With satellite missions often costing in the hundreds of millions of dollars, keeping satellites running longer with RWAs helps operators keep costs down.
For more information, read the RWA press release.