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

Feb 25, 2015

Insitu Demonstrates Integrator Platform Capability at IDEX in Abu Dhabi

BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 25, 2014 – Insitu announced today the successful demonstration of its Integrator unmanned aircraft system during the live flight event at IDEX in Abu Dhabi. The two-day live fly took place on 24 and 25 February at the Al Tareef Airstrip, and was held in conjunction with the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX). Integrator performed two flights, showcasing key features and capabilities including ease of transport and set up, small footprint launch and recovery systems and its open-architecture ground control application, ICOMC2.   


Feb 18, 2015

Insitu to Showcase Technologies, Demonstrate its Integrator Platform at IDEX

BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 18, 2014 – Insitu announced today that it will showcase its combat-proven unmanned systems and present the capabilities of its Integrator platform in a live flight demonstration at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 22-26 February, 2015. 


Dec 22, 2014

Andy von Flotow, Insitu Honored as Gorge Tech Leader, Organization of the Year

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) held its second annual awards program on December 16, 2014, recognizing Andy von Flotow of Hood Technology as the 2014 GTA Technology Leader of the Year and Insitu as the 2014 GTA Technology Organization of the Year.


Oct 29, 2014

Insitu Announces ScanEagle 2 – the Next Generation of the ScanEagle Platform

BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 29, 2014 – From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu announced today ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform.


Aug 06, 2014

Boeing Names Ryan Hartman Insitu President and Chief Executive Officer

BINGEN, Wash., Aug. 6, 2014 –Boeing [NYSE: BA] and subsidiary Insitu Inc. today named Ryan Hartman Insitu president and CEO, effective immediately. Hartman most recently served as senior vice president, Insitu Programs. He succeeds CEO Steve Morrow, who is retiring.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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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