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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Oct 28, 2015

Insitu Unmanned Aircraft Conducts Railway Monitoring, Historic First Flight with BNSF Railway

BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 28, 2015 – Launching at a tower site near Vaughn, New Mexico, Insitu accomplished the first commercial beyond visual line of sight operation with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the contiguous 48 states. The October 25 event marked the beginning of a week-long series of flights with BNSF Railway designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful force multiplier in the effort to further enhance railway safety and infrastructure inspection.


Oct 01, 2015

Insitu Pacific to demonstrate ICOMC2 at Australia’s Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2015

BRISBANE, Australia, 28 September, 2015 – Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it will demonstrate the Insitu Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station at Pacific – Australia’s International Maritime Exposition, 6-8 October in Sydney.


Sep 22, 2015

Insitu Pacific and Boeing sign on to support STEM

BRISBANE, Australia, September 22, 2015 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., today announced its continued sponsorship for 2015 and 2016 of the UAV Challenge.


Sep 01, 2015

Insitu Conducts Successful Fire Monitoring Demonstration with Unmanned Aircraft in Olympic National

BINGEN, Wash., Sept. 1, 2015 – While more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burned throughout the Pacific Northwest, crew members of the Insitu Rapid Response team launched a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft into the hazy skies above the Paradise Fire in Washington’s Olympic National Park. The event marked the beginning of an operational demonstration designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful force multiplier in the fight against wildfires.


Aug 10, 2015

Insitu Conducts Successful Arctic Search and Rescue Demonstrations for U.S. Coast Guard

BINGEN, Wash., Aug. 5, 2015 – Launching its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft from Oliktok Point at the North Slope of Alaska, Insitu conducted flight operations for the U.S. Coast Guard 13-15 July. The successful demonstration was part of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX 2015), an event designed to evaluate unmanned technologies in remote area Search and Rescue (SAR) and simulate a collaborative response effort between government and industry entities to an offshore emergency.


Jul 30, 2015

Insitu Awarded LRIP Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack Systems Contract by Naval Air Systems Command

BINGEN, Wash., July 30, 2015 – Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase.


Jul 20, 2015

Insitu holds Fourth Annual RoboFlight Academy for 20 high school students

BINGEN, Wash., July 17, 2015 – Over the last week, Insitu hosted 20 high school students from around the Columbia River Gorge at its RoboFlight Academy, an aerial robotics summer program aiming to spark interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


Jun 19, 2015

3D Modeling Capability Offers New Perspectives and Deeper Insight

IRVINE, Calif. June 19, 2015 - 2d3 Sensing, an agile commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology provider specializing in the improvement, processing, exploitation, and dissemination of motion imagery and metadata, introduces a 3D modeling capability as part of the latest release of its enterprise full motion video (FMV) PED software suite that extracts information from imagery captured by airborne surveillance systems.


Jun 12, 2015

Boeing Successfully Conducts BVLOS Flights in Denmark

ODENSE, Denmark, May 28, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and its subsidiary Insitu Inc. today successfully conducted the first-ever beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights in Denmark under civilian authority. The flights were performed by Insitu’s ScanEagle unmanned aerial system during the Nordic UAS Event, at the Hans Christian Andersen Airport (HCA) in Odense.


Jun 12, 2015

Insitu recognized for utilizing veteran-owned small businesses for third consecutive year

BINGEN, Wash., June 11, 2015 – Insitu is proud to be recognized for the third year in a row as a recipient of the Champions of Veterans Enterprise award for using veteran-owned small businesses in Fiscal Year 2014.


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