Insitu Brings 50-Megapixel Camera to ScanEagle UAV

Bingen, Wash.-based Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., has integrated a 50-megapixel camera into its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The camera, delivering high-accuracy photogrammetric (HAP) aerial imagery, is part of Insitu’s INEXA Solutions, a suite of remote sensing products and information delivery services for enterprise customers, particularly mining and oil and gas.

According to the company, the HAP-equipped ScanEagle remotely surveys broad areas quickly, accurately and safely, thanks to the drone’s ability to fly beyond the visual line of sight and Insitu’s specialized direct georeferencing system.

Typically, the company explains, to produce georeferenced data, mining and onshore oil and gas enterprises monitor broad areas using geographic information systems, adding thematic layers into their analytical environments to make informed business decisions. To address that need, Insitu uses aerial remote sensing to collect, analyze and deliver critical information to mine and extraction asset operators while avoiding any disruption in operations.

Compared with current photogrammetric payloads, Insitu says its HAP payload dramatically decreases the aerial survey flight and processing time – allowing precise broad-area survey and the delivery of a georeferenced site digital surface model. Insitu’s HAP payload achieves this quick turn-around by taking high-resolution images and integrating them to make a broad-area view. This process produces fast, accurate orthomosaics, enabling the delivery of concise volumetric and stockpile measurements, the company explains.

Since it acquired 2d3 Sensing in 2015, Insitu has expanded its computer vision capabilities – in particular, photogrammetry – to develop custom, autonomous, end-to-end solutions for customers.

“Insitu’s INEXA Solutions suite of products and services can be considered a ‘modular toolbox,’ with state-of-the-art remote sensing products and services,” says Jon Damush, vice president and general manager of Insitu Commercial. “We are dedicated to developing revolutionary capabilities going forward by leveraging Insitu’s technology experience and The Boeing Co.’s 100 years of aviation innovation.”

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