Insitu expands foothold in commercial drone market with new innovation


Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has expanded its portfolio of UAVs with the launch of its ScanEagle3 at AUVSI’s Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado today.

ScanEagle3 was designed as a commercial product to provide customers with the ‘optimum combination of payload, endurance, mobility and cost’ to support a wide range of business and operation needs.

This commercial approach looks to provide additional benefits to Insitu’s customers through commercial pricing, as well as global exportability through a commodity jurisdiction from the U.S. Department of State, stating that ScanEagle3 is not covered by U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

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Insitu claims that ScanEagle3 offers end users increased payload capacity – up to three payloads simultaneously – and is fully compatible with existing system components, such as INEXA control and ICOMC2, as well as Insitu’s family of launch and recovery equipment.

The flexible ScanEagle3 also features a ground-adjustable aero-package, enabling a large centre of gravity range for even more payload integration options.

“Our engineers have been very successful at reducing ScanEagle3 lifecycle costs and increasing operating efficiency — a huge win for both our customers and Insitu,” said Matt Bartow, Insitu’s chief technology officer.

Other enhancements include the next-generation avionics designed for increased performance across multiple levels of criticality, a new purpose-built propulsion system that increases reliability while reducing lifecycle costs, and the same proven autopilot as RQ-21A Blackjack.

Jon Damush, Insitu’s chief growth officer, added: “ScanEagle3 provides our customers with a key capability that completes the use case and operational profiles for our UAS portfolio.

“Filling a critical gap between ScanEagle and integrator, our intent from the start was to build a system that preserved all the best parts of the ScanEagle system, but gave customers additional payload capability to satisfy multiple payload missions,” explains Damush. “Simply put, by being able to simultaneously collect multiple data types during a flight improves efficiency and affordability.

“We capitalised on the success of our previous ScanEagle, Integrator and RQ-21A Blackjack products and services, and our more than one million operational flight hours operating in some of the world’s most difficult environments,” explained Damush.

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