Community Relations

While it’s important for individuals do their part to care for our community, corporations have the ability and responsibility to make an even greater contribution to environmental sustainability. In this spirit, Insitu supports education, community service and environmental sustainability.


As a leader in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry with strong and dedicated commitment to community, education and technology, Insitu is a partner with the AUVSI Foundation and other synergistic local technology companies and organizations to inspire the next generation to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Insitu and our partners are demonstrating leadership and innovation by pioneering an aerial robotics program leveraging the STEM disciplines.

Roboflight Academy

Insitu’s Roboflight Academy is an aerial robotics summer program designed to inspire high school students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Roboflight Academy provides the students with an opportunity to learn about robotics from a software and aeronautical design perspective, interact and mentor with current Insitu engineers, and build and fly unmanned aircraft. Students are exposed to basic aerodynamic principles, unmanned aircraft system fundamentals and programming through a combination of academic lessons, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

This initiative aims to get students excited about the aerial robotics work they will accomplish, which will in turn encourage the students to explore STEM disciplines. The real-world challenges they face and skills they attain will help them explore careers in engineering, aerospace, aerial robotics and UAS.

Students in their junior or senior years who are interested in this program should have a basic interest, knowledge and skill set regarding programming, mechanics and math, and prior experience in robotics.

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To learn more about opportunities to experience fun, hands-on robotics activities, visit the AUVSI Foundation.

FIRST Robotics

Insitu has sponsored and provided employee volunteers for FIRST Robotics, a program that engages kids in the design, construction and competition of robots.

The nationwide organization called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in programs that build engineering skills and inspire innovation.

State by state, FIRST implements a series of robotics competitions for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

With the help of other robotics enthusiasts in the Columbia River Gorge, Insitu helps connect mentors with teams. Employees in all areas of engineering, project management, business, finance and marketing are encouraged to get involved.

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Environmental sustainability

In fall 2009, Insitu started an environmental management initiative with the goal of designing and implementing a framework for sustainable business practices. This process culminated in an initial assessment of disposal and energy consumption practices, accompanied with management designs to further environmental success. Through future partnerships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise and ENERGY STAR programs, Insitu plans to formalize its commitment to environmental responsibility.

Past efforts have also resulted in establishment of a recycling program, double-sided printing practices and a company-wide Lights Off! campaign, and development of a carbon footprint analysis that resulted in the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy Green Tags.

Community service

Employee volunteers manage a variety of community-based projects, including electronics recycling, gift giving for community children, food drives, environmental education and cleanup, and fundraising for human services organizations. We are delighted to be a member of the Columbia River Gorge community, and we value opportunities to give back.

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Latest News

Oct 28, 2015

Insitu Unmanned Aircraft Conducts Railway Monitoring, Historic First Flight with BNSF Railway

BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 28, 2015 – Launching at a tower site near Vaughn, New Mexico, Insitu accomplished the first commercial beyond visual line of sight operation with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the contiguous 48 states. The October 25 event marked the beginning of a week-long series of flights with BNSF Railway designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful force multiplier in the effort to further enhance railway safety and infrastructure inspection.


Oct 01, 2015

Insitu Pacific to demonstrate ICOMC2 at Australia’s Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2015

BRISBANE, Australia, 28 September, 2015 – Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it will demonstrate the Insitu Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station at Pacific – Australia’s International Maritime Exposition, 6-8 October in Sydney.


Sep 22, 2015

Insitu Pacific and Boeing sign on to support STEM

BRISBANE, Australia, September 22, 2015 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., today announced its continued sponsorship for 2015 and 2016 of the UAV Challenge.


Sep 01, 2015

Insitu Conducts Successful Fire Monitoring Demonstration with Unmanned Aircraft in Olympic National

BINGEN, Wash., Sept. 1, 2015 – While more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burned throughout the Pacific Northwest, crew members of the Insitu Rapid Response team launched a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft into the hazy skies above the Paradise Fire in Washington’s Olympic National Park. The event marked the beginning of an operational demonstration designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful force multiplier in the fight against wildfires.


Aug 10, 2015

Insitu Conducts Successful Arctic Search and Rescue Demonstrations for U.S. Coast Guard

BINGEN, Wash., Aug. 5, 2015 – Launching its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft from Oliktok Point at the North Slope of Alaska, Insitu conducted flight operations for the U.S. Coast Guard 13-15 July. The successful demonstration was part of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX 2015), an event designed to evaluate unmanned technologies in remote area Search and Rescue (SAR) and simulate a collaborative response effort between government and industry entities to an offshore emergency.


Jul 30, 2015

Insitu Awarded LRIP Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack Systems Contract by Naval Air Systems Command

BINGEN, Wash., July 30, 2015 – Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase.


Jul 20, 2015

Insitu holds Fourth Annual RoboFlight Academy for 20 high school students

BINGEN, Wash., July 17, 2015 – Over the last week, Insitu hosted 20 high school students from around the Columbia River Gorge at its RoboFlight Academy, an aerial robotics summer program aiming to spark interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


Jun 19, 2015

3D Modeling Capability Offers New Perspectives and Deeper Insight

IRVINE, Calif. June 19, 2015 - 2d3 Sensing, an agile commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology provider specializing in the improvement, processing, exploitation, and dissemination of motion imagery and metadata, introduces a 3D modeling capability as part of the latest release of its enterprise full motion video (FMV) PED software suite that extracts information from imagery captured by airborne surveillance systems.


Jun 12, 2015

Boeing Successfully Conducts BVLOS Flights in Denmark

ODENSE, Denmark, May 28, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and its subsidiary Insitu Inc. today successfully conducted the first-ever beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights in Denmark under civilian authority. The flights were performed by Insitu’s ScanEagle unmanned aerial system during the Nordic UAS Event, at the Hans Christian Andersen Airport (HCA) in Odense.


Jun 12, 2015

Insitu recognized for utilizing veteran-owned small businesses for third consecutive year

BINGEN, Wash., June 11, 2015 – Insitu is proud to be recognized for the third year in a row as a recipient of the Champions of Veterans Enterprise award for using veteran-owned small businesses in Fiscal Year 2014.


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