Integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safely into manned airspace is a popular topic. Potential uses for Insitu systems in this market include border patrol, domain awareness, intelligence gathering, public agency research and law enforcement.
Each European country faces a unique challenge in the integration of UAS into domestic airspace: International borders, including coastal stretches, are everywhere, and the majority of airspace is not large.
For a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the footprint, our UAS provide full-motion video that is superior to many of today’s larger Group 4 systems that are commonly used for border patrol. Our mid-wave infrared imager-configured ScanEagle®, also known as NightEagle®, was first fielded in 2009. It delivers daylight-quality video from an infrared imager, and provides exceptional situational awareness at night, at dusk, at dawn and in moisture-laden daylight environments that blind other sensors.
For maritime missions, we have the most shipboard experience in our class. Our UAS have been deployed shipboard since 2005. Launch and recovery systems allow rapid response to changing missions, and are compact enough to be stowed when not in use, so decks remain clear. This enables concurrent operations with the ship’s manned assets. Aircraft are recovered safely — without the dangerous task of overflying or flying toward the ship — using the patented SkyHook® recovery system.
Insitu has been a pioneer in the UAS industry since 2002. We are fortunate to have broad experience working with government agencies such as the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration (including the Small Unmanned Aircraft System Aviation Rulemaking Committee in the United States) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia to safely incorporate our systems into domestic airspace. This body of knowledge presents opportunities for countries within Europe looking to integrate unmanned systems into domestic airspace.
Since 2012 our ScanEagle UAS provide ISR for the Netherlands Ministry of Defense (MOD). The Netherlands uses ScanEagle with the MOD both domestically and abroad.
We are honored to help grow and shape the emerging UAS market. We recognized where civil aviation associations like the European Union’s Joint Authorities for Rulemaking Unmanned Systemswere headed, and we made sure we were on track to support. And because our UAS are modular, aircraft fielded in 2008 are just as advanced as aircraft coming off the production line today. That means we deliver a system today that can work with your emerging regulations tomorrow.
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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