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Insitu unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and services have been the proven solution for the defense industry for more than a decade. This expertise combined with our quality products results in the delivery of critical information, data, imaging, benchmarking, mapping and monitoring to help you make informed decisions.
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Challenge: About 70 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States passes through a corridor that runs up to the borders of Guatemala and El Salvador before continuing north through a network of underground cartels. Keeping the United States and its peaceful allies safe by combating this flow of illicit contraband and dismantling the transnational criminal organizations behind it is a priority for the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Solution: In the spring of 2017 Insitu’s ScanEagle® deployed aboard the USCGC STRATTON, marking the first time a U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter deployed fully equipped with a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) for an entire patrol. The aircraft’s payloads provided the crew with full motion infrared and full-color video, telescopic optics and wide-area precision mapping and enabled operators to transition from daytime to nighttime missions without returning ScanEagle to the ship. ScanEagle is the only Group 2 UAS platform capable of flying the Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) payload, which dramatically increases the detection area and operational success by continuously scanning the ocean and autonomously detecting objects in the water.
Result: This real-time imagery of targets of interest gave the STRATTON crew increased situational awareness, minimized safety concerns for interdiction assets and enabled greater efficiency in prosecuting cases. Coast Guardsmen were able to maintain continuous, positive contact with suspect vessels when crews dumped their illicit cargo and attempted to flee. By the end of the first deployment, ScanEagle and Insitu personnel had directly assisted the STRATTON crew in seizing more than 3,695 pounds of illicit contraband valued at $55 million and apprehending 10 suspected drug traffickers. During the ship’s second patrol, crews seized 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth an estimated wholesale value of $700 million. Both events contributed to the Coast Guard setting a record for drug interdictions in a single year with an estimated $6.1 billion worth of heroin and cocaine seized in 2017. The USCG’s fight against transnational organized crime groups shows no signs of slowing down as they continue to employ new methods and technologies. In January of 2018, USCGC STRATTON equipped with ScanEagle began the year by offloading more than 47,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $721 million during a mid-patrol break.
Challenge: In early September of 2017, wildfires burned nearly 50,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge region — home to Insitu’s headquarters — affecting our employees, neighbors, facilities and communities. Just weeks later, the Mendocino Lake Complex and Central LNU Complex fires broke out in northern California, where wildfires have destroyed more than 160,000 acres in 2017 alone. In both events difficult terrain, smoke and extremely dry and windy conditions taxed the resources of those struggling to contain the fires, prompting emergency responders to call upon government agencies and industry for additional assets to help with the fight.
Solution: Insitu’s Rapid Response Team can quickly dispatch a cross-functional group of operators, analysts and other professionals with INEXA™ Solutions, Insitu’s unmanned aerial systems and information processing capabilities. ScanEagle® supplements manned firefighting fleets by operating during dense smoke and at night, when manned aircraft are grounded due to hazardous flying conditions for pilots. The aircraft’s infrared sensors penetrate smoke and darkness to gather and disseminate geo-referenced still images of points of interest. These images enable Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists to analyze data and provide near-real-time mapping, video and still images of a fire, resulting in heightened emergency response efforts.
Result: The Insitu team responded to the fires in Oregon and California, with ScanEagle assisting firefighters as the sole persistent over watch asset at night. All efforts for air space access were coordinated with the FAA and other government agencies. Our data collection, analysis and integration capabilities produced near-real-time georeferenced maps that helped equip emergency responders identify spot fires, locate fire lines and hotspots and provide video and still images of critical infrastructure, historical structures and more.
In both situations, the information Insitu provided to emergency responders resulted in increased situational awareness and safety as well as supported planning and resource allocation. In one event, incident commanders used ScanEagle’s actionable information to change the fire attack plan in real time when they discovered that the original strategy would have placed firefighters in harm’s way. During another flight, ScanEagle’s full-motion video was able to detect and track a three-mile expansion of the fire over the course of six hours, resulting in better information and emergency response efforts.
Challenge: On August 24, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas. By the time the hurricane subsided, Harvey had caused billions of dollars in property damage, displacing tens of thousands of Texans and leaving more than 300,000 without electricity. During the initial days after the storm, emergency responders worked tirelessly to begin the daunting process of assessing the damage from the catastrophic flooding that made Harvey one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history.
Solution: On August 26, 2107, a team of Insitu personnel traveled to southeastern Texas to help emergency response crews assess post-Harvey damage. The team brought four ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with EO and IR cameras that provided live geospatial aerial imagery of areas affected by the storm.
Result: ScanEagle operations began on August 30 over the Bay of Corpus Christi, where hurricane damage had shut down regular traffic that typically moves $100 million in goods through the waterway each day. The Insitu team located navigational hazards including a ship that had sunk in the bay and provided debris maps and other information to response crews that contributed to the reopening of the Port Of Corpus Christi after six days. Insitu conducted additional flights in Sugar Land and Angleton, Texas, for a total of 17 days of aviation operations in support of emergency response efforts. All efforts for air space access were closely coordinated with the FAA and other government agencies to ensure safe and professional operations. The coupling of our technology with the experience of our operators and flight support teams demonstrated that our aerial data collection solutions are agile, proven and adaptable to the challenging needs of emergency and disaster response situations.
Challenge: The summer of 2015 was a bad one for wildfires in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The driest spring in more than 100 years with a snowpack that was only 14 percent of average resulted in more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burning throughout the region by mid-summer. The Paradise Fire burning in Washington State’s Olympic National Park burned more than 2,700 acres alone and was eventually the fire that would summon Insitu’s Rapid Response Team with ScanEagle in tow.
Solution: Thanks to an emergency certificate of authorization (ECOA) issued to the Department of the Interior from the Federal Aviation Administration, ScanEagle flew six operations and delivered more than 37 hours of infrared video in near-real-time to Incident Command personnel over the Paradise Fire. Additionally, Insitu’s Catalina media server provided incident commanders with enhanced video imagery and improved geospatial metadata to determine the fire’s perimeter and identify hot spots. Maps created using Catalina’s Video Batch Mosaicker provided another valuable set of insight for the fire progression each day. ScanEagle also assisted helicopters by evaluating water drop locations.
Result: Coupled with ScanEagle flyovers, firefighters were better equipped to respond to the movements of the Paradise Fire as they were provided with time-sensitive information to give them the highest level of situational awareness possible as they fought the blaze. In the bigger picture, this demonstration and others will serve to guide the policies and requirements for the safe, phased integration of unmanned aircraft systems in support of wildfire management within the National Airspace System.