As of Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Bingen unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer Insitu announced last week its release of the ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its ScanEagle platform of UAVs, commonly known as drones.
According to Insitu, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, the ScanEagle 2 provides “increased payload power and expanded payload options, a more robust navigation system, better image quality due to a fully digital video system and a state-of-the-art, purpose-built propulsion system.” The company reports that to date, its unmanned aerial systems have accumulated more than 800,000 operational flight hours and 100,000 sorties.
“For two decades, Insitu has made a name for itself through iterative innovation,” said Ryan M. Hartman, Insitu’s president and CEO. “ScanEagle 2 will shepherd us into the next two decades as we focus on reliability and affordability and enter the civil/commercial market. And as ScanEagle has always done, ScanEagle 2 will provide the capability our warfighters have come to expect from Insitu – yet more affordable and more capable.”
Insitu says the ScanEagle 2 includes a new propulsion system – the first reciprocating internal combustion propulsion system designed and manufactured specifically for Small-Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems-class vehicles — as well as a launch-and-recovery system it shares with Integrator, Insitu’s other unmanned platform.
Jill Vacek, Insitu’s communications manager, reported that the company will start taking orders for the ScanEagle 2 next year, with an anticipated deployment date of 2016.