In 1994, Tad McGeer and Andy von Flowtow founded The Insitu Group Inc. in the Gorge for the region’s quality of life, recreation opportunities and local talent. Now known as Insitu, Inc., the company has grown to more than 720 employees and became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company in July 2008.
Insitu makes ScanEagle and Integrator, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that operate from land or ship bases. They provide airborne intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) services for military, civil government and commercial customers around the world. Insitu even opened an Australian office in 2009. As of June 2010, ScanEagle systems have provided more than 320,000 hours of surveillance with about 40,000 sorties in actual field service.
This month, the company announced a research partnership with the FAA using ScanEagle to study mixing UAS in the National Airspace System. This is the single biggest obstacle to using UAS for civil applications and must be addressed through a combination of new aircraft technology, policy, air traffic control technology and training. These are daunting obstacles, but Insitu is addressing each head on in collaboration with their partners.
Insitu is deeply connected to the Gorge through its employees and its many local suppliers, including Hood Tech, Custom Interface, Sagetech and American Aerospace Engineering. Insitu was also key to the formation of the Gorge Tech Alliance, with President Steve Sliwa acting as founding chairman. Through the GTA, Insitu seeks to foster an environment that encourages all kinds of technology companies to start and grow here in the Gorge. They believe the Gorge is an ideal place to start and grow a small business that is focused on innovation. Learn more at Insitu.com.
View Insitu’s profile on our website at https://crgta.org/insitu.