Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company, is set to become one of the driving forces of drone integration as it secures a new project collaboration.
The company has confirmed it is partnering with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the recently announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected UAF as one of 10 participants in the IPP to work with state, local and tribal governments, and UAS operators and manufacturers to accelerate the safe integration of unmanned vehicles into the nation’s airspace.
The pilot program is expected to help resolve issues and create balance between local and national interests in unmanned aircraft usage.
Insitu will work with UAF in safely demonstrating capabilities such as operations over urban settings, night operations and beyond visual line of sight flights (BVLoS).
“Being part of the IPP is an exciting opportunity for our commercial team to collaboratively work with UAF. We’ll be demonstrating new and advanced capabilities that will continue to increase the safety of flight within the NAS, while simultaneously expanding the operational envelopes in which UAS can operate — such as night operation and BVLOS,” said Esina Alic, Insitu’s president and chief executive officer.
“Over the years, we have been working with the FAA to support their goal of safely integrating UAS into the NAS, and we are proud to continue to bring into this effort our nearly 25 years of UAS experience, The Boeing Company’s 100 years of aviation experience, and our professional operations teams.”