Quality Policy, Certifications & Patents

Quality policy

Insitu’s customers require high-quality products to ensure their mission success. Insitu is committed to delivering products that are innovative and are known to work the first time and every time. We strive to provide an outstanding experience when working with Insitu. To meet this goal, we are committed to systematic continuous improvement and the use of metrics to measure our performance.


Insitu received its first Certificate of Registration to AS9100 in September 2007. Our current AS9100 Aerospace Certificate of Conformance was issued from UL  DQS Inc. on September 10, 2013. The scope of our registration is for design, development, production and delivery of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), field support, repairs and operator training.

Our quality management system is compliant with AS9100 REV C and ISO 9001:2008 requirements. Our certificate is registered in the OASIS database, registration number 10012343 and certificate issue date September 10, 2013.


The DHS SAFETY Act Certification and Designation means that we are a certified and designated Anti-Terrorism Technology. This assures the government and our customers less potential liability in the event of a catastrophic event (an act of terrorism). It also, in theory, gives the government a quicker way to deploy or procure since we have this certification/designation.



Thirty-two patents have been issued, and there are 39 applications and 21 provisional applications.

Key technologies:

  • Class 1 (major): SkyHook® Recovery; Stabilized Imagery; Heavy Fuel Engine; IMUSE Operator Interface
  • Class 2 (minor): Autonomy; Airframe; Long-Endurance Gas Engine; Modularity; Onboard Vision System; Low Magnetic Noise; Mode C Transponder

Sample list of issued patents:

  • SkyHook Recovery System: Patents held in U.S., Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, U.K., France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. Patented in 2001.
  • Light-Weight Antenna Structures: Patented in 2005.
  • Pneumatic Launcher: Patented in 2006.
  • Gyro-Stabilized Turret & Tracking: Patented in 2006.
  • Storage Container/Work Platform: Patented in 2006.
  • Satellite-Based Relative Positions: Patented in 2006.
  • Structural Strengthening Methods: Patented in 2006.
  • Catapult Cradle: Most recently patented in 2007.
  • Airborne Engine Auto-Start: Patented in 2007.
  • Servo/Actuator Mounting: Patented in 2007.
  • Diversity And Error Control Codes: Patented in 2007.

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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