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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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Systems Overview

Mission-ready for virtually any environment imaginable, Insitu systems are agile and versatile, and deliver incredible value.

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Integrator System

Designed and purpose-built to enable a wide array of payload options, the Integrator unmanned aircraft takes versatility in the agile ISR category to an unparalleled level.

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ScanEagle System

Behold the aircraft that invented the agile ISR category and revolutionized the industry. Now more capable than ever.

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ICOMC2

Insitu offers a host of small-footprint, cost-effective options for command and control of large networks of UAS.

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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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