| Insitu ScanEagle2 UAS. Photo: Insitu
[Avionics Today 10-29-2014] Insitu has announced the newest version of its ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), the ScanEagle 2. The latest version of the UAS promises to provide increased payload power, expanded payload options, a more robust navigation system, better image, and a purpose-built propulsion system. The aircraft's new architecture also maximizes commonality with all Insitu systems, which should reduce training, hardware and life-cycle costs.
ScanEagle 2 employs the first reciprocating internal combustion propulsion system designed and manufactured specifically for small-UAS class vehicles. An open-architecture ground control system also enables commonality with other unmanned systems, as well as a launch-and-recovery system it shares with Integrator, Insitu's other unmanned platform.