Insitu, UND partner in unmanned aircraft systems curriculum



Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA), and the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks (UND) have announced significant additions to the university´s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) degree program and research enterprise, the company said.

In conjunction with UND´s 50th Anniversary of Aviation Education and Research, the university will integrate Insitu´s INEXAâ„¢ Control, TacitViewâ„¢ and Catalinaâ„¢ UAS software into the UND´s Aviation UAS curriculum in the fall of 2019. Additionally, as the university currently utilizes ScanEagle UASs, it will augment its fleet of more than 150 aircraft by adding Insitu´s ScanEagle® 3 UAS platform launched on May 1 at AUVSI´s Xponential 2018.

Insitu´s partnership with UND began in 2010 when In preparation for a flood across the Red River Valley at the North Dakota/Minnesota border, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty enlisted the help of UND to monitor rising river levels along the Red River, which threatened communities along the North Dakota and Minnesota border.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Certificate of Authorization (COA) permitting ScanEagle to be flown over the flooded area during this operation, and UND directed the effort with assistance from an Insitu flight operations team. This was the first time a university and a Federal agency collaborated on a project where a UAS was used for flood plain research.

Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With its headquarters in Bingen, Wash., and offices in the US, UK, and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, UND Aerospace offers the most technologically advanced Unmanned Aerial System flight training complex of any public university, and was the first to establish an undergraduate major in unmanned aircraft systems operations. It owns and operates a fleet of more than 150 aircraft and flight training devices, and provides pilot and UAS operator and sensor training to nearly 2,000 students from 12 different countries amassing approximately 150,000 flight hours per year. For more information, visit insitu.com.