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Integrator UAS Catch and Release!

April 5, 2010
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Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft system performs launch and then is retrieved without a net, even at night. They also make the popular Scan Eagle UAS.

In this video I couldn’t embed, at the :50 mark, you can see the Integrator launched from a small coastal craft, which I think just amazing!

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  2. CBD permalink
    April 8, 2010 9:38 pm

    I think that Insitu is rapidly reaching their maximal weight capacity with this launch and recovery system…which is elegant, but clearly struggling much more with the Integrator than with the older ScanEagle.

    As for guided weapons, it’s a possibility, but a small drone like this is highly useful in its ISRT roles (especially for shipboard use) even without weapons integration.

  3. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 6, 2010 4:18 am

    jkt I was wondering about that too, all those lives bombs flopping about! Hope they figure that out, I’m sure.

  4. jkt permalink
    April 5, 2010 7:48 pm

    Ok, good to see the armed variants seem to be in the pipeline. Is that capture system a problem if the mini-bombs haven’t been dropped? It seems like a pretty jerky and sudden stop. But I guess the launch might be more so.

  5. Scott B. permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:10 pm

    jkt said : “Could you arm these? What kind of weapons could something this size carry.”

    Check this.

    Or this

    And expect troubles during UAV recovery…

  6. B.Smitty permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:08 pm

    They could handle a NAWC Spike.

  7. B.Smitty permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:04 pm

    A single APKWS or DAGR missile weighs around 35lbs, so the pylons couldn’t handle them.

  8. Chuck Hill permalink
    April 5, 2010 5:30 pm

    The Scan Eagle video, http://www.insitu.com/scaneagle_video, shows the same boat making a recovery of the Scan Eagle.

    The new system is about twice as big as Scan Eagle, and if you read the specs it has pylons that it indicates are 15 pound, I presume that is what can be carried on the pylon.

  9. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 5, 2010 4:56 pm

    JKT asked “Could you arm these?”

    I am certain, with something such as light-weight rockets as you mentioned. A perfect assassin!

    Check out the link for further details of Integrator:

    http://www.insitu.com/integrator

  10. B.Smitty permalink
    April 5, 2010 4:56 pm

    jkt said, “Could you arm these? What kind of weapons could something this size carry. An SDB? Those little DAGR precision 70mm rockets? Could an attached weapon work with that sort of landing?

    The total payload is 50lbs (including sensors, comms and electronics), so maybe just a couple Skeet if you’re lucky.

  11. jkt permalink
    April 5, 2010 4:38 pm

    Could you arm these? What kind of weapons could something this size carry. An SDB? Those little DAGR precision 70mm rockets? Could an attached weapon work with that sort of landing?

    How long does it take to untangle after being caught?

    You could put several of the launch and capture units on the deck of an LCS with dozens of armed variants and have a nice little air force.

  12. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 5, 2010 4:35 pm

    Scott-I believe anything you tell me!

  13. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 5, 2010 4:33 pm

    D.E., I know! Think of the implications. And a Third World country could do some serious spying.

  14. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 5, 2010 4:25 pm

    The launch and recovery occurred on what appears to be a fishing boat or small trawler. Talk about a micro-aircraft carrier…

  15. Scott B. permalink
    April 5, 2010 4:06 pm

    Mike Burleson said : “Do you have a link to video?”

    I was just trying to be sarcastic (and apparently didn’t succeed very well)…

  16. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 5, 2010 3:48 pm

    Scott said “The recovery on said small coastal craft is even more amazing”

    Do you have a link to video?

  17. leerw permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:47 pm

    I could not tell how they are snagging the UAV onto the pole?

  18. Scott B. permalink
    April 5, 2010 2:52 pm

    Mike Burleson said : “In this video I couldn’t embed, at the :50 mark, you can see the Integrator lauchced from a small coastal craft, which I think just amazing!”

    The recovery on said small coastal craft is even more amazing !!! ;-))

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