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Quality Policy, Certifications & Patents

Quality policy

Insitu earns customer loyalty and satisfaction by providing timely, innovative, defect-free products and outstanding services driven by a culture of systematic, continuous improvement and use of metrics.

Certifications

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.

 

Patents

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

Jul 22, 2014

Insitu Demonstrates Long Endurance Capabilities of the Integrator Unmanned Aircraft

BINGEN, Wash., July 22, 2014 – Insitu announced today the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft.

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May 13, 2014

Insitu Pacific Demonstrates Fire Management Assistance with ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft

BRISBANE, Australia, May 13, 2014 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., today announced it recently conducted a successful demonstration for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) using the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

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Mar 18, 2014

Insitu Pacific announces attendance at APPEA 2014

BRISBANE, Australia, March 18, 2014 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., will be displaying its capabilities at the upcoming Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference and Exhibition, April 6-9, in Perth.

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Mar 05, 2014

Unmanned Aircraft: Countdown to Mission Possible

Queensland Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) researchers have made what’s believed to be a world-first breakthrough for small Unmanned Aircraft (UA), developing an onboard system that has enabled a UA to detect another aircraft using vision while in flight.

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Feb 24, 2014

Insitu Delivers LRIP RQ-21A Blackjack System to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps

BINGEN, Wash., Jan. 2, 2014 – Insitu announced today the delivery of an RQ-21A Blackjack to the Navy and Marine Corps. This represents the first Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) system delivered under the Navy’s Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) contract and enables the program to enter into the initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase.

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Feb 12, 2014

Insitu Releases Latest Version of Innovative Common Command and Control System

BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 12, 2014 – Insitu announced today the 2.0 release of ICOMC2, the company’s innovative, small-footprint common command and control system. Since its introduction in 2012, ICOMC2 has redefined the Unmanned Airborne System control concept. It enables a single operator to control multiple unmanned vehicles using small-footprint, mobile hardware and features an open-architecture design that users can customize with plug-ins and new applications.

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Jan 13, 2014

Insitu Employees Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

BINGEN, Wash., Jan. 13, 2014 – Insitu is pleased to announce that employees Judith Schwader (manager, engineering process improvement) and Amber Timblin (depot maintenance group supervisor) will be honored with The Manufacturing Institute’s prestigious Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards. The STEP Awards celebrate women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing, and are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, which promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry.

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Aug 12, 2013

Insitu to Demonstrate ICOMC2 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2013 Event

BINGEN, Wash., Aug. 12, 2013 – Insitu announced today that it will demonstrate the Insitu Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station at the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned event, Aug. 12-15 in Washington, D.C.

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Jul 15, 2013

Insitu Unmanned Aircraft Manufacturer Breaks Ground on New Production Facility

BINGEN, Wash., July 12, 2013 – Insitu, a leading provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), broke ground on a new 120,000-square-foot production facility near its headquarters in Bingen, Wash.

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May 22, 2013

Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Achieves Milestone C Approval

BINGEN, Wash., May 22, 2013 - Insitu announced today that RQ-21A reached Milestone C under the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) contract with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The achievement will enable the program to transition from the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase to a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase and enter initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E).

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