The ScanEagle® Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is a product of Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

ScanEagle is a low-cost, long-endurance autonomous UAS that provides persistent day and night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for a variety of government and civilian applications.

Operators command preprogrammed or operator-initiated missions, while global positioning system and an onboard flight computer guide the aircraft. ScanEagle can remain covert and on station for more than 24 hours, and it can be optimized for more than 30-hours endurance.

System design is modular. This results in a reliable, adaptable system. Operations and maintenance are simplified, and field upgrade kits rapidly deliver new capabilities to existing operations.

The 2006 introduction of the heavy fuel engine improved logistics and safe as well as system performance. The 2007 introduction of the hush engine reduced acoustic signature. The 2009 introduction of the midwave infrared imager improved imagery, especially at night and in adverse weather condition.

Length 4.5 ft 1.37 m
Wing Span 10.2 ft 3.11 m
Empty Structure Weight 28.8 lbs 13.1 kg
Max Takeoff Weight 44.0 lbs 20.0 kg
Max Horizontal Speed 80 knots 41 m/sec
Cruise Speed 48 knots 25 m/sec
Service Ceiling 19,500 ft 5,944 m
Endurance: 24+ hours
Launch: Pneumatic Catapult
Recovery: Skyhood Wingtip Capture


  • The ScanEagle typically flies in extreme environments, carrying an electro-optic or infrared imager in a gyro-stabilized turret
  • The prototype ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was developed and built under an agreement with The Boeing Company that began in February, 2002. Production, research, and development continued under a long-term contract between Insitu and Boeing that began in July 2003.

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