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Boeing's Insitu launches VTOL Integrator UAS for ship-based operations

12th April 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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The Integrator can carry around 18kg of payload with a 16- hour endurance. (Photo: Insitu)

Insitu's vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Integrator UAS uses a detachable quadcopter element that allows it to be launched from anywhere while retaining heavier payload carrying capabilities.

Insitu recently launched its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Integrator UAS product.

The system has two parts: the Flying Launch And REcovery System (FLARES) developed by Hood Tech and the Insitu Integrator aircraft.

FLARES, the detachable octocopter element, allows the fixed-wing UAV to vertically take off from ships or land, eliminating the need for a launchpad.

The platform can shed FLARES after reaching the desired altitude and operate as a regular fixed-wing aircraft, allowing the drone to carry heavier payloads at long ranges.

The launch equipment is recovered shortly after separation using an unmodified system.

Once the UAS is ready to

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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