Our Mark 4 launcher, ready for its first bird of the day.

Launch & Recovery

UAS operation that goes with you

With Insitu systems, you can be located anywhere on the planet, whether on land or at sea. Our family of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have logged hundreds of thousands of operational flight hours since 2004, and we have successfully operated in some of the most extreme environments in the world. Regardless of your mission requirement or system configuration, from the tropics to the desert, from the ocean to the mountains, Insitu UAS are proved to help you make the best decision.

Our UAS have been successfully deployed shipboard since 2005. Whether installed on an offshore patrol vessel, frigate or guided missile destroyer, our launch and recovery systems allow rapid response to changing missions, and are compact enough to be stowed when not in use, so decks remain clear. Our aircraft are recovered safely — without the dangerous task of overflying or flying toward the ship.

Our unmanned aircraft are launched autonomously via a pneumatic wedge catapult launcher. The launcher accelerates the air vehicle to flight speeds quickly, allowing launches from unprepared sites. Our legacy SuperWedge Launcher has been fielded since we first deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004. Our next-generation Mark IV Launcher provides the high power needed to launch all Insitu aircraft in high-altitude, low-air-density environments.

Our unmanned aircraft are recovered using the patented SkyHook® recovery system. A cable is suspended from roughly 50 feet (15 meters). The aircraft flies toward the cable, and a hook on the aircraft’s wing catches the cable.

For tactical UAS, it is the most nimble, mobile, and versatile launch and recovery system in the world. The system is capable of getting perhaps the widest variety of payload up in the air with the least amount of space required.


More powerful than the SuperWedge, the Mark IV is great for heavier loads and high-altitude, low-density operations.



Our aircraft are recovered using the patented SkyHook recovery system — a small-footprint, no-nets, no-runway solution to aircraft recovery.


Systems Overview

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


Latest News

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.


May 13, 2015

Insitu Pacific to demonstrate ICOMC2 at Singapore’s Maritime Defence 2015 show

BRISBANE, Australia, May 15, 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 IMDEX – Singapore’s flagship maritime defence event, May 19-21 in Singapore.


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