Actionable UAS Data

Putting more powerful data in the right hands

ScanEagle® and Integrator™ unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) deliver a broad spectrum of multi-intelligence data. But delivering the data is just one part of helping our customers make the best decisions that can drive the best outcomes. The Insitu end-to-end approach includes products, payloads, operational strategies and services that not only deliver the data but also help you maximize the meaning and value of that data and get it into the right hands.

At the forefront of TCPED

Insitu leads with an increased focus on solutions for TCPED, which stands for the process of (T) tasking aircraft, (C) collecting data, (P) processing that data, (E) exploiting every bit of meaning from that data and (D) disseminating that data to the people who need it.

The Insitu UAS decision-making ecosystem

The following is an overview of the Insitu decision-making ecosystem — what the industry knows as TCPED.

Agile hardware and integrated command and control software

To drive the best in-theater decisions, you first have to be in-theater, with your eyes above looking down on the problem. Our unmanned aircraft offer an unparalleled balance of mobility, payload diversity and sophistication, and endurance. Each aircraft can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate diverse operating conditions and payload demands. The Insitu patented launch and recovery system is a expeditionary, small-footprint, no-runways solution. The result is an industry-leading capability to get where we need to be, when we need to be there, producing high-quality data for extended periods of time. Our operationally proven, industry-leading hardware and software packages work cooperatively to maximize flexibility and actionable results while tasking unmanned assets.

Since 2004 we have been deploying and operating command and control systems in some of the most extreme locations on the planet. The hardware components that run our powerful software are as rugged and mobile as the aircraft systems they control. Our ground control system and forward ground control system (FGCS) are designed and tested for extreme, expeditionary environments, quick setup and tear-down, self-contained mobility, and scalability for adding new capabilities. On the ground, our FGCS puts high-resolution ISR imagery on a ruggedized laptop in the hands of the people who are right in the middle of the action.

Insitu Multiple UAS Software Environment (IMUSE) is the core software of our command and control system. Mission planning, aircraft (and multi-aircraft) tasking, target tracking and automated-target-following, and payload operation are all controlled from a user-friendly and intuitive interface.

Insitu’s next-generation command and control system, Insitu Common Open Mission Command and Control (ICOMC2) takes the human factors data gleaned from more than 750,000 combat flight hours and enables tasking of any STANAG 4586-compliant unmanned system.

Agile payloads

Insitu UAS payloads and their myriad configurations are capable of delivering powerful multi-intelligence data. The payloads not only collect and deliver data, but are also augmented with the ability to securely disseminate that data to the teams that need it most. The Bandit Digital Data Link integrated with Insitu products and produced by L-3 Communication Systems-West securely transmits data to all Insitu command and control stations as well as remote video terminals such as ROVER and OSRVT, and helps your data avoid interference, improve signal strength and conserve crucial bandwidth so you can move more data and operate more aircraft within a common battlespace.

Agile software

Raw data is not always actionable data, and data that exists in only one location is underutilized data. Integrated software packages for command and control, exploitation and dissemination are designed to work with our hardware and augment the interoperability of our combined systems operations. 

Through collaboration with 2D3 Sensing, Insitu offers an intelligence tool that gives decision-makers, imagery analysts and mission commanders the ability to better exploit ISR video data by providing a library of searchable annotations, tags and chat. Historical comparisons, views over time, multi-analyst collaboration all augment and better exploit the data that our UAS deliver.

FGCSs disseminate data and put it in front of teams that have gone mobile and are in the thick of the action.

Hub and spoke for agile TCPED operations

Fundamentally, the Insitu hub-and-spoke operational model permits UAS to be launched from one place, and subsequently handed off to, and controlled by, forward operators, and then passed back again — all while the critical information obtained is disseminated to troops on the ground or commanders in the tactical operations centers. This hub-and-spoke concept is the operational representation of agile TCPED. Aircraft capabilities, payloads, operational procedures, software, multiple systems, and team members from operators to analysts working collaboratively in this Insitu-designed ecosystem can maximize the quality and value of ISR data and UAS capabilities.

Putting better data in the hands of the right people at the right time drives decision-making superiority.


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


Systems Overview

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



Insitu has more than 500 FSRs in rotation who represent more than 3,000 years of prior military service. They are intensely schooled, trained and prepared for each deployment.


Latest News

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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