Insitu Looks Beyond Military Handlings with the Newly Launched ScanEagle 2 UAV

November 5, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

ScanEagle 2, the progeny of Insitu’s unmanned aerial vehicle launched back in 2002, will be displayed  at the Exhibition and Conference in Paris this week.

Quite a lot of work has gone into the new UAV which retains the charismatic capabilities of ScanEagle while being more affordable and reliable.

The newbie matches in specs with its predecessor when highlighting some operational capabilities. ScanEagle 2 will have its maneuver along the same operational ceiling as that of ScanEagle, which is at 19,500 ft or 5,950m. The UAV holds maximum horizontal speeds of up to 80 knots with cruising speeds at 50 knots.


ScanEagle 2, however, surpasses the predecessor with its payload power deliverance. Depending on the engine type, the UAV can deliver powers of 100-150 Watts to the on-board load, which is more than even the double of what ScanEagle delivered.

It also opens the door for even sophisticated and sensitive payload to get on-board, if coupled with an Ethernet-based architecture and reduction in Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).

Payload capacity also gets a hike from 7.5 lb to 7.7 lb in ScanEagle 2, despite weighing few lbs more than ScanEagle; all thanks to the reciprocating internal combustion engine propulsion system.


However, ScanEagle 2 has severely cut back its aerial time. While it was 24 hours in the case of its predecessor, ScanEagle 2 will hover across the sky for only 16 hours before making the return.

ScanEagle 2 can pair up with multiple lists of unmanned systems with its restructured ground control system and also maintain Integrator as its launch and recovery system.

Insitu president and CEO, Ryan M. Hartman  says that he believes ScanEagle 2 will take the UAVs beyond military purposes and expand its hands to civil/commercial market.

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