Washington, USA, 29 August 2006 – Insitu announced on August 29 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems NA 2006, Orlando, Florida, that it has completed several important component upgrades to the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) developed in partnership with The Boeing Company. These next-generation releases include the platform’s camera turret, enhanced infrared camera, and Mode C transponder. ScanEagle was introduced in 2003 by Insitu and Boeing as an economical UAS that could provide a significant increase in UAS endurance while also incorporating autonomous flight capabilities.
The camera turret, which was the first effective inertially stabilized turret available on a vehicle in ScanEagle’s UAS class, will now provide even more rock-solid video, but without the need for ground software improvements. In addition, the turret will be able to house even bigger cameras, which provides more options on payload camera integration. Insitu has incorporated major improvements to the turret utilizing the DRS Technologies E6000 infrared camera. It moves ScanEagle’s infrared imagery from a fixed camera with an 18-degree field of view to a camera with an increased resolution that supports a digital zoom view of 7.5 degrees. The resolution has also been improved from 320×240 to 640×480.
The ultra-light Mode C Transponder will now come standard issue on the ScanEagle UAS. The component is programmable during flight and, as such, allows the vehicle to become stealthy as necessary with the flip of a switch—even at low altitudes.
Insitu, located in Bingen, Washington, develops Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for commercial and military applications. Insitu, which introduced the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to cross the Atlantic Ocean, partnered with The Boeing Company to develop ScanEagle and Fugro Airborne Surveys to develop GeoRanger.