Payloads Directorate

Payload agnostic. Mission focused.

The Payloads Directorate team at Insitu is tasked with extending the versatility and value of our customers' Insitu systems. The team's mantra: Be payload agnostic and stay customer-mission focused. We understand that the customer cares more about the mission and the data we provide to make it possible than the platform used to deliver it. By solving for specific mission challenges, the Payloads Directorate team is able to deliver the right capabilities to achieve the best type of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) value to the customer.

Develop. Test. Field. Prove.

The Payloads Directorate team is constantly developing partnerships with OEMs — and experimenting, testing, deploying, and assessing the smartest and best payload configurations for our customers. We have more than 100 payloads on our list, and 60 payload partners on our team. When working with customers, the team begins by assessing the types of payload configurations that will make the biggest difference toward mission success. We then assess the options for the chosen platform, and work to creatively solve for maximum impact and value.

The end result is a UAS platform that is more mission-specific — bringing new technologies, partnerships and evolving capabilities to the field.

Configured to deliver

The Payloads Directorate team is actively collecting OEM capability-driven payloads, and tracking 100 different payloads. The team's depth of knowledge, penchant for innovation and get-it-done attitude is proven: In 2011, the team configured four unique payloads onto the Integrator platform for a customer in just one week.

Options, innovations and more options

No one looks harder for options and innovations for UAS than the Payloads Directorate team. The team is currently fielding and developing new options, including:

Imagers and lasers for:
  • Daylight and poor visibility missions
  • Bathymetry missions
  • Detections, marking and ranging missions
  • Wide-area imagery collections
  • Spectral imagery collection, including full-motion video, magnetic anomaly detections and concealed object detection
Signals collections and electronic warfare for:
  • Identification of emitters
  • Geolocation and bearing
  • Demodulation of signals
  • Clear signals
  • Complex emitters
Communications and comms relay for:
  • Ground radio comms between locations
  • Data links between separate aircraft and ground
  • Beyond line-of-sight communications
  • Cell networks
Mapping for:
  • High-resolution, geo-rectified imagery
  • Operation map updates
  • Survey missions
  • 3D mapping
SAR, GMTI and radar for:
  • Change detection
  • Wide-area search
  • Search and rescue

Industry-wide opportunities

The Payloads Directorate team's search for the best and most capable configurations also presents an opportunity for new partnerships throughout the UAS payloads industry, helping to drive industry-wide advancements and market opportunities — as well as accelerating flight testing and certification. The team's work also enables government program officers to better understand and stay current on UAS capabilities so their acquisition strategies and requirements remain as current as possible in the fast-moving business of agile ISR delivery.


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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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