AEROSPACE

UBIQ Aerospace and Insitu join forces to "winterize" the Integrator UAS

UBIQ Aerospace | November 01, 2021

UBIQ Aerospace of Trondheim, Norway, and Insitu, Inc. are initiating a project to optimize Insitu's Integrator™ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the challenging environment of the Arctic and High North.

The project will enable the Integrator UAS to operate during atmospheric icing conditions by incorporating UBIQ Aerospace's D•ICE™ solution, an autonomous, electrothermal system optimized for the size, weight, and power (SWAP) available on small, tactical UAS. Once complete, the Integrator equipped with D•ICE will be the first tactical UAS capable of operating routinely in known icing conditions.

Atmospheric icing has long been one of the great inhibitors to UAS operations because most UAS platforms are designed for warmer climates and lack the SWAP for traditional anti-icing or de-icing equipment.

"Our objective is to make the Integrator UAS operationally available even during the cold weather conditions experienced in Northern Europe and the Northern- and Arctic Seas. We will achieve such weather robustness by integrating our proprietary D•ICE technology into one of the most proven UAS on the planet."

- Kim Lynge Sørensen, UBIQ Aerospace co-founder and CEO

"Insitu has several NATO and NORDEFCO customers who need UAS that can operate year-round in the Arctic and High North. Whether in Alaska, Andøya, or anywhere in-between, this project will make it possible, and we're thrilled to be working with an innovative Norwegian company such as UBIQ Aerospace."

- Dave Funkhouser, Insitu's Director of International Business Development

The Integrator UAS is a runway-independent, NATO Class I UAS with an 18-kilogram payload capacity and a maximum takeoff weight of nearly 75 kilograms. It can operate on land and ships and features a modular construction that simplifies maintenance and enables payloads to be easily swapped between missions. The Integrator offers more than 24 hours of endurance, depending on the payload configuration and environmental conditions. Insitu has delivered more than 50 systems to customers around the globe.

About UBIQ Aerospace
UBIQ Aerospace provides solutions that enhance the capabilities of UAS and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. Potential icing or visible moisture conditions will no longer be a cause for canceling critical operations. UBIQ Aerospace has created the revolutionary D•ICE autonomous ice protection solutions that allow for aircraft operations in possible and known icing conditions. We offer these capabilities for defense, and commercial OEMs focused on UAS and AAM aircraft. 

About Insitu
With offices in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, Insitu creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology delivering end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing, and managing sensor data. Our systems have accumulated more than 1.3 million flight hours. Insitu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

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The Business Research Company | July 04, 2022

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Boeing | August 01, 2022

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