The Asia-Pacific region has a strong need to monitor its many coastal stretches. More than 80 times a year, this area’s great oceans produce tropical cyclones. As the storm approaches, air assets, too valuable to risk, get stowed away for safety. Yet in the storm’s wake, the need for information rises, especially with lives and infrastructure at stake.
You need to situate disaster response efforts close to, but removed from, specific locations. You need to communicate when infrastructure is destroyed. And you need equipment that can withstand austere weather.
Insitu systems will help you identify who needs help the most and will provide data to inform your response plan. By establishing an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) capability with a flexible hub-and-spoke configuration at an offshore base, we help you deliver precision in your coordinated efforts. Unmanned aircraft are launched and retrieved from a hub, and control is passed off to forward operators (“spokes”). You can create ad-hoc communications networks and keep ground troops aware and informed. Our UAS can be launched, controlled and recovered shipboard, from a small offshore patrol vessel to a larger guided missile destroyer. Our heavy fuel engine can push 24+ hours endurance, depending on the configuration. Our UAS have a wide weather envelope to ensure reliable operations, including flying beneath clouds and through precipitation.
Siam weed is considered one of the worst weeds in the world. It has a phenomenal growth rate, and dense infestations can smother tropical fruit crops, young forestry plantations and pastures. It is also a serious environmental weed, invading native woodlands and posing a major fire hazard in the dry season. It is native to South America, but the Asia-Pacific region has it in abundance.
You need the best possible data to eliminate this pest weed before it spreads.
In 2012, Insitu Pacific, on behalf of the Queensland Government for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, engaged the Insitu ScanEagle® UAS to conduct the first Siam weed monitoring trials using unmanned assets. This was an important step in proving the substantial safety and operational benefits that come from employing UAS in commercial applications. Using unmanned aircraft systems in this type of scenario provides a cost-effective alternative and decreases potential risks associated with sending out manned helicopter crews on long-duration, low-altitude surveillance missions where there is little margin for error.
Also in 2012, Insitu Pacific was awarded a contract to provide ScanEagle to the Republic of Singapore Navy on the fastest ships in the RSN’s fleet. The delivery includes systems, training, logistics and ship installation, as well as specialist in-country maintenance support. Other Insitu Pacific customers include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, the Australian Defence Force and Composites Technology Research Malaysia.
Based in Queensland, Australia, Insitu Pacific was founded in 2009 as an affiliate of Insitu Inc. to serve the unique defense, civil and commercial interests of the Asia-Pacific region. Since then, Insitu Pacific builds on Insitu’s culture of agility, precision and endurance to deliver UAS systems and services tailored to this diverse region.
Whether executing on a defense or commercial mission, Insitu Pacific delivers decision-making superiority to the Asia-Pacific region.
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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).more
BRISBANE, Australia, May 14, 2013 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has delivered a ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to its partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan. This delivery means that the ScanEagle UAS is now ready for operational use by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF).
BINGEN, Wash., April 9, 2013 - Insitu Inc. announced today the successful first maritime flight of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) RQ-21A. The nearly two-hour flight launched from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after three months of land-based development testing and operational assessment.more
BINGEN, Wash., April 9, 2013 - Insitu announced today the launch of its partnership with Santos Lab, a leading/innovative developer and manufacturer of hand launched unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The alliance further demonstrates Insitu's commitment to meeting the diversified needs of the Brazilian Armed Forces by forming strategic, long-term relationships with proven Brazilian companies.more