North America

Within the United States, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) fly as “public aircraft” in domestic airspace under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Certificate of Authorization (COA).

The 2012 FAA Reauthorization Bill requires full integration of unmanned aircraft to operate in the airspace by 2015 or earlier. The Insitu ScanEagle® fits in a category of small UAS that are expected to be integrated into domestic airspace by mid-2014. So what seems like cutting-edge UAS operations today will soon be commonplace.

No matter where you are located in North America, you need a proven system to rely on as you begin taking the steps to integrate UAS into your operations, from port and border patrol to public safety and first responders. With hundreds of thousands of operational flight hours, our ScanEagle UAS is proven and reliable.

Our systems are demonstrated in helping to predict nature’s erratic movements, including fires and floods. When you make precise predictions, fewer people are affected and rapid responders can better help those with the greatest need.

Whether it is a wildfire or a controlled burn, uneven terrain makes fires move unpredictably. Firefighters and fire commanders need good eyes on the fire to know what it is doing now. Watching wildfires from manned assets is dangerous, and weather or nightfall often prohibit continuous fire mapping. Without surveillance, dangers are unknown and potential evacuations can be large-scale.

By identifying hot spots and monitoring fire lines and intensity, our ScanEagle helps you make the best decisions.

In 2010 The University of North Dakota’s (UND) UAS Center of Excellence and Insitu conducted aerial flood plain surveillance along the Red River using ScanEagle. In preparation for the flood, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty enlisted the help of UND to monitor rising river levels along the Red River, which threatened communities along the North Dakota and Minnesota border.

The FAA issued a COA permitting ScanEagle to be flown over the flooded area during this operation. UND directed the effort with assistance from an Insitu flight operator team. This was the first time a university and a federal agency collaborated on a project where a UAS was used for flood plain research.

Government agencies and politicians alike recognized this critical need and allowed ScanEagle to fly in the national airspace. Important data were gathered that provided scientists and first responders with real-time imagery of the flood progression, which will help facilitate future flood forecasting, and ultimately will help to protect communities, and above all, lives.

Throughout North America, borders and ports of entry are the entrance and exit points for all conveyances, goods and persons entering or departing a country. Controlling borders and ports of entry is vital to ensure the rule of law and prevent the flow of contraband such as illegal drugs.

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.

ScanEagle is widely deployed with U.S. Department of Defense and Canadian Forces worldwide. Its versatile and wide-ranging capabilities, including low personnel requirements, portability, runway independence, in-field component replaceability, "persistent stare" daytime and nighttime imagery, and 24-hour flight endurance make it one of the best in-class UAS.

In 2007, Insitu’s ScanEagle became the only small tactical UAS to receive SAFETY Act certification by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Proven in combat. Safe in North America.

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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