We recognized very early on that the imaging power of mid-wave infrared camera (MWIR) was too great to not incorporate into our platforms. And, that ScanEagle® was a great choice for the job. With a swap of the payload, the venerable UAS is capable of see-in-the-dark-haze-smoke-fog with hush-engine covert power while sacrificing precious little endurance. When the other birds go blind, NightEagle stands watch.
NightEagle is a modified ScanEagle unmanned aircraft with a MWIR payload. Dynamic night imagery capabilities combine in NightEagle with the same advantages of ScanEagle — heavy fuel engine, hush engine for reduced acoustic signature, mode C transponder for aircraft deconfliction and ROVER support — to provide a low-cost solution with a small operational footprint that delivers high-quality imagery for ISR for the lowest-visibility situations. Stare through haze, fog and dust storms, and turn night into day with the NightEagle’s second-generation, cooled MWIR imager with continuous optical zoom for adaptable field of view.
Transforming a ScanEagle aircraft into a NightEagle aircraft takes approximately two to three hours in the field with the NightEagle Conversion Kit. One set of ground equipment — including Insitu’s pneumatic catapult launcher and unique SkyHook® recovery system — supports both ScanEagle and NightEagle operations. With adjustable power loading, our next-generation catapult launcher (in service since mid-2009) provides the smooth acceleration force needed to launch both aircraft with full fuel loads in high-altitude, low-density air.
Challenging weather conditions, unprepared terrain and shipboard operations are as easy with NightEagle as with ScanEagle, which has been fielded since 2004, demonstrating safety and reliability in combat operations on land and at sea.
* Endurance is based on next-generation launcher. Due to fuel offload, endurance decreases with legacy launcher.
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).
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.more
BINGEN, Wash., April 9, 2013 - Insitu announced today the launch of its partnership with Santos Lab, a leading/innovative developer and manufacturer of hand launched unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The alliance further demonstrates Insitu's commitment to meeting the diversified needs of the Brazilian Armed Forces by forming strategic, long-term relationships with proven Brazilian companies.more
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 22, 2012-Insitu Inc. announced today that the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded the company a Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS) Intelligence Gathering, Target Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services contract for 26 months through Feb. 28, 2015.more
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 19, 2013-Insitu announced today the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Block 2, the latest technology release of the system.
The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company's flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu's Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple heterogeneous UAS and enables U.S. and NATO member nations to jointly support military operations through a STANAG 4586 compliant system. The flight completed with the current Mark 4 Launcher and SkyHook recovery systems that supports expeditionary missions and rapid troop movement.
BINGEN, Wash., Feb 14, 2013-Insitu will showcase its combat-proven tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) products, services and capabilities at the 2013 International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) Feb. 17-21 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE.more
BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 30, 2012 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed integration between its ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and the McQ iScout Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) and OmniWatch technologies.more
BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 23, 2012- Insitu Inc., announced today that it has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Sentient, located in Melbourne, Australia, to integrate Kestrel land and maritime automated detection software systems into Insitu's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).more
BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 19, 2012- Insitu Inc., today announced that it donated a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft, which participated in a widely publicized rescue mission in April 2009, to The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The aircraft will be displayed for several weeks in the Museum lobby then withdrawn to be prepared for permanent exhibit in the museum's Great Gallery in 2013.more
Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it successfully conducted the maiden flight of the PicoSAR on the Integrator Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
SELEX Galileo’s PicoSAR is a world leading, compact Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) and embedded advanced processing deliver high-resolution SAR images from extended ranges, in all weather conditions.more