Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, and the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks has announced ‘significant additions’ to the university’s UAV degree program and research enterprise.
In conjunction with its 50th anniversary of aviation education and research, the university will integrate Insitu’s INEXA Control, TacitView and Catalina UAS software into the UND’s Aviation UAS curriculum for the academic year beginning 2019.
Additionally, as the university currently utilises ScanEagle UAVs, UND will augment its fleet of more than 150 aircrafts by adding Insitu’s ScanEagle3 UAS platform launched on May 1 at AUVSI’s Xponential 2018.
Insitu’s partnership with UND began in 2010 when in preparation for a flood across the Red River Valley at the North Dakota/Minnesota border.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Certificate of Authorisation permitting ScanEagle to be flown over the flooded area during this operation, and UND directed the effort with assistance from an Insitu flight operations team. This was the first time a university and a Federal agency collaborated on a project where a UAS was used for flood plain research.
“We are excited to expand our long-term partnership history with UND, and we’re proud that UND will be the first university to become a ScanEagle3 customer,” said Mark Bauman, vice president of Insitu Commercial.
“We are looking forward to the launch of the new INEXA-based curriculum and providing increased services and support for the UND UAS program as this solid foundation will serve both organisations very well, far into the future.”