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Insitu Unveils the ‘Inceptor’ Unmanned Aircraft

Device will fit in the trunk of most cars and is easy to launch and recover in almost any environment.

Insitu Inc, a producer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), introduced its latest small UAS—the Inceptor—saying the craft can provide the public safety market with real-time video and stable, high-resolution imagery.

The short-range tactical rotorcraft system can be available when first responders need it because the Inceptor will fit in the trunk of most cars and is easy to launch and recover in almost any environment, the company says. The Inceptor is highly tolerant of sustained winds and wind gusts, achieving stable aerial imagery through an advanced onboard control system, it adds.

The Inceptor will help first responders locate and identify natural and human public safety threats, keeping people out of harm’s way, said Ryan Hartman, Insitu’s vice president of sales and marketing. The company is “excited to add a small rotorcraft to our family of field-proven unmanned systems.”

The Inceptor maneuvers at the touch of a button and operator training and workload is minimized through a streamlined design and user interface, the company says. Video imagery is transmitted to the handheld ground control station and distributed to decision makers for real-time viewing.

The rotorcraft weighs less than 4 pounds, hovers quietly overhead for more than 20 minutes and can patrol at speeds up to 24 mph. The operator uses a small portable control unit to command it to hover or fly in any direction at varying speeds.