From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Boeing Insitu)
Jump to: navigation, search
Insitu, Inc.
Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
Industry UAV Systems
Founded Bingen, Washington (1994)
Headquarters Bingen, Washington
Key people
Ryan M Hartman: President/CEO
Products UAV aircraft and Control Systems
Number of employees
>1052 (as of 07/2016)
Parent Boeing Defense Systems

Insitu Inc. is an American company, headquartered in Bingen, Washington[1] with several offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. They design, develop and manufacture customized unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and information processing software solutions while providing 24/7 global training, services and support. Their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms - ScanEagle, Integrator and RQ-21A Blackjack - have logged nearly 1,000,000 operational flight hours, delivering high-quality, combat-proven ISR for both land and maritime missions.


Insitu was founded in the early 1990s to develop the Aerosonde concept for long-range weather reconnaissance. The company derives it name from the process of measuring the atmosphere in situ (in place), as opposed to remotely, by satellite. At the end of the 1990s the company transitioned to the SeaScan concept for imaging reconnaissance from tuna seiners. With the onset of the Iraq war in 2003, SeaScan turned into ScanEagle, and Insitu focused their efforts on military applications. Insitu was acquired by long-time partner Boeing in 2008.[citation needed] In addition to its Defense business, the company announced the establishment of its commercial business unit, Insitu Commercial, in 2016.



A ScanEagle unmanned aircraft is captured by Insitu’s patented SkyHook recovery system.
An Integrator UAV takes flight.
ScanEagle prepares for launch.
ScanEagle is pictured aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter STRATTON, which was the first U.S. Coast Guard Cutter to deploy with a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) for an entire patrol.
Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station (GCS) is the core system used for controlling Integrator and providing access for total payload control.
  • ScanEagle: The Insitu ScanEagle is an industry-leading UAS that invented and continues to define the agile ISR category. The wingspan of this aircraft is approximately 10 ft., and the length of the aircraft is approximately 5 ft. ScanEagle weighs anywhere between 30 – 48.5 pounds, and can carry up to 7.5 pounds of payload. The aircraft can fly for up to 24 hours (depending on aircraft configuration), and the engine uses heavy fuel (JP-5 or JP-8) or gasoline.
  • Integrator: The Insitu Integrator is a commercial variant of RQ-21A Blackjack. Integrator is designed to be a modular, flexible and multi-mission capable solution for both land and maritime operations. The aircraft’s six payload spaces can be customized with cameras, communication capabilities and other advanced mission-specific technologies. The wingspan of this aircraft is 16 ft. and the length is approximately 8 ft. Integrator weighs anywhere between 80 – 135 pounds, and can carry up to 40 pounds of payload. The aircraft can fly for up to 24 hours (depending on aircraft configuration).
  • RQ-21A Blackjack: In partnership with the United States Department of the Navy, Insitu developed the RQ-21A Blackjack program to fill the requirement for a small tactical unmanned aircraft system capable of operating from land and sea. The system is modular, versatile and multi-mission capable, providing rapid transitions between land and maritime environments. RQ-21A Blackjack’s open payload architecture is customized with imagers, communication systems, electronic warfare, signals intelligence capabilities and other tools to give the warfighter a look ahead in all operational environments.
  • Launch and Recovery: Insitu’s unmanned aircraft are launched autonomously via a pneumatic catapult launcher and are recovered using the patented SkyHook recovery system. The use of these technologies allow customers to operate with no nets and no runways, meaning Insitu systems can deploy from almost anywhere on the planet with the least amount of space or set-up time required.


  • Command and Control: Insitu offers two intuitive ground control station (GCS) options. INEXA™ Control is an intuitive commercial GCS that gives operators professional aviation tools to control unmanned systems while staying compliant with emerging Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The system is designed and tested to deliver safe, scalable, robust, compliant and secure operations. Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) GCS is a small-footprint system that operates from a laptop or soldier-worn device, engineered for simplicity and expeditionary use. The ICOMC2 core features a fully supported Software Development Kit (SDK) that easily expands the system to fit a customer’s operational needs and system-specific requirements. The system can also scale up to effectively operate on large screens with several displays, providing larger audiences with an integrated picture of the operation area.
  • Information Processing: Insitu has developed a suite of information processing software that allows customers to get the most from their still and motion imagery, ultimately creating derivative products that succinctly capture the essence of the imagery in a compelling and accurate way. These capabilities are delivered through Insitu’s software suite, including TacitView, Catalina, and Tungsten, as well as through their professional services and research teams. Insitu’s software products are designed to conform to a number of standards associated with still and motion imagery and are suitable for use with any source that produces such data, including Insitu’s ScanEagle and Integrator UAS.


Insitu’s customizable training program incorporates a simulator that emulates real flight procedures. All of the company’s UAS courses are Department-of-Defense certified and are offered at schoolhouses in White Salmon, Washington, and in Brisbane, Australia.

Additionally, Insitu’s UAS operators typically assist customers with:

  • Site surveys
  • Site assessments
  • Site-specific procedures
  • Natural disaster support
  • Mobile training
  • Site recommendations
  • System installations
  • Full-function system checkouts
  • Issue resolution

Certificate Courses include:

  • Insitu UAS operator, 10 weeks
  • Insitu UAS operator, 5 weeks

Additional Courses include:

  • Mission Coordinator
  • Insitu UAS familiarization
  • System upgrade
  • New technology


  1. ^ "Insitu, Inc. Contact Information". Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

External links[edit]