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.
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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
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 22, 2012-Insitu Inc. announced today that the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded the company a Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS) Intelligence Gathering, Target Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services contract for 26 months through Feb. 28, 2015.more
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 19, 2013-Insitu announced today the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Block 2, the latest technology release of the system.
The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company's flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu's Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple heterogeneous UAS and enables U.S. and NATO member nations to jointly support military operations through a STANAG 4586 compliant system. The flight completed with the current Mark 4 Launcher and SkyHook recovery systems that supports expeditionary missions and rapid troop movement.
BINGEN, Wash., Feb 14, 2013-Insitu will showcase its combat-proven tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) products, services and capabilities at the 2013 International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) Feb. 17-21 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE.more
BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 30, 2012 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed integration between its ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and the McQ iScout Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) and OmniWatch technologies.more
BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 23, 2012- Insitu Inc., announced today that it has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Sentient, located in Melbourne, Australia, to integrate Kestrel land and maritime automated detection software systems into Insitu's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).more
BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 19, 2012- Insitu Inc., today announced that it donated a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft, which participated in a widely publicized rescue mission in April 2009, to The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The aircraft will be displayed for several weeks in the Museum lobby then withdrawn to be prepared for permanent exhibit in the museum's Great Gallery in 2013.more