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Boeing's aquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power

Flight International, an international aerospace news weekly magazine, goes behind the scenes of Insitu and Boeing to see how the organizations will pair their cultural strengths in the growing market for unmanned aerial systems.

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  • Boeing's culture challenger
    Flightglobal - UK - May 28, 2009

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  • Boeing is a WTC client
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    Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle

    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, has received a five-year contract with a potential value of $250 million from U.S. Special Operations Command for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services using the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. The camera-carrying drone aircraft was used recently in the U.S. Navy's rescue of an American ship captain held by Somali pirates.

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    Insitu has major role in Columbia Gorge economy

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles the rural economic impact of Insitu, an unmanned aircraft maker based in Bingen, Washington. The company started in a garage 15 years ago and has since grown to more than 500 employees at 21 locations located primarily in Klickitak and Skamania counties along the Columbia Gorge. Now a wholly-owned but independent subsidiary of Boeing, Insitu plans to keep its headquarters in the Columbia Gorge and is considering options for expanding and consolidating its operations.

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  • Drones play big role in Columbia Gorge economy
    Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA - May 13, 2009

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  • Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates
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    Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates


    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, supplied the drone that assisted the Navy's USS Bainbridge in its rescue of an American captain captured by Somali pirates. Insitu's ScanEagle weighs 40 pounds, has a 10-foot wingspan, can fly 20 hours, and transmits day and night surveillance video. In other news, the Canadian Department of National Defence recently awarded Insitu a $30 million one-year contract to continue providing unmanned aerial vehicle services to its military.

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  • Insitu assists in American hostage rescue
    The Enterprise - White Salmon - April 22, 2009
  • Off Beat: Locally made unmanned aircraft kept electronic eye on pirate drama
    Columbian.com - Vancouver, WA - April 20, 2009
  • Drone built by Boeing subsidiary watches pirates
    Seattle Times - WA - April 13, 2009
  • New contract for small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV) will boost economy
    Government of Canada - April 6, 2009

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    Insitu awarded $20.9 M defense contract for unmanned air systems

    From the DoD press release: Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $20,917,403 firm fixed price contract for the procurement of ScanEagle Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) hardware for four operational sites, 3 spare/operational float packages, and critical spares kits in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) missions. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in Jul. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-2. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-09-C-0005).

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  • Insitu CEO and President Steve Sliwa, and other company heads, give acquisition advice in TechFlash
  • Insitu acquired by Boeing

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    Boeing Technology Sourcing

    Washington Technology Center actively works with Boeing’s Technology Sourcing, Evaluation and Integration team to identify new technologies that address a variety of Boeing’s current and future technology needs. WTC manager Elaine Kong periodically distributes non-proprietary Boeing need statements to her network. She also assists companies that are interested in working with Boeing to quickly determine if opportunities are a good fit. Please contact Elaine (elainek@watechcenter.org) if you would like to receive the Boeing need statements.

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    Aculight Corp. acquired by Lockheed Martin

    Aculight, a Bothell-based developer of laser technologies for national defense and aerospace applications, has been acquired by Lockheed Martin. Aculight's 90 employees will remain in Bothell and will become part of Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors business.

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  • WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory is indeed fab

    WTC is home to a remarkable resource for Washington company and academic researchers -- the Microfabrication Laboratory. Located in Fluke Hall on the University of Washington campus, the lab is available on a user-fee basis for research, technology development and prototype product manufacturing in areas such as avionics, micro-optics, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), biomedical devices, and biotechnology.

    Opened in April 1995, the 14,000 sq. ft. facility has 8,000 sq. ft. of clean room processing space. Industrial use of the lab has increased by 70% since its inception, with a corresponding increase in revenue of 500%. A catalyst for much of this growth has been WTC's technology initiatives in MEMS and more recently, in photonics / optical systems. Since 1997, WTC has invested $1.5 million into funding MEMS research and building the lab's resources. It has become the only public use MEMS R&D; facility in the state. The recent addition of a Deep Reactive Ion Etcher -- a tool that can fabricate deep, narrow structures - will significantly expand the lab's capabilities.

    Companies can access the lab's equipment and staff to perform the full range of micro-machined product development.

    Other academic-based facilities prohibit their industrial users from performing any 'for-profit' manufacturing of products in their facility, i.e., companies can perform R&D;, but must use some other facility for their manufacturing. WTC does not put any such constraints on its users and, thus, is able to support the product cycle for a longer period of time -- from prototyping through pilot production. This is particularly valuable to small or startup companies who otherwise wouldn't have the financial resources to access facilities of this caliber.

    Currently, more than 15 companies and 120 individuals are using the facility for microfabrication R&D.;

    Significant new technologies have been developed in the laboratory over the past several years. For example, Microvision, Inc., a leader in imaging technologies, used the lab to develop a video scanner for head-mounted displays. This revolutionary way to display images and information promises to make possible cost-effective, high-performance miniature devices that provide personal displays for electronic and computing products in military, aerospace, medical, industrial, and consumer electronics applications. Redmond-based Micronics, Inc. created the prototype for an inexpensive, disposable microfluidic cartridge that is used to perform blood tests and other diagnostics. Just one of these "lab-on-chip" devices can potentially perform up to 20 different medical diagnostic tests using the same sample.

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