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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

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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May 14, 2013

Insitu Pacific Delivers ScanEagle UAS for the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force

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).
 

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Apr 09, 2013

Insitu Announces Successful First Maritime Flight of RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System

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. 

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