Insitu: Explore technology behind
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
By Maria Nelson
SPEEA co-director, Ed Wells Partnership
Imagine you are a battle commander in Iraq needing real-time information to scan for Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) or
potential ambushes of your troops; or you are a
Coast Guard commander needing to launch a
rescue mission at sea; or you have the responsibility to manage railway
safety by identifying
critical potential defects
in railway lines.
In each of these
situations, you would
likely turn to Insitu, a
wholly owned subsidiary
of Boeing, to provide
the decision intelligence
Aircraft Systems (UAS).
The Insitu ScanEagle and the Integrator are
highly sophisticated vehicles that operate around
Since 2004, Insitu has worked with Boeing to
provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnais-
sance vehicles to support in-theater service con-
tracts to the U. S. government, to provide support
to U.S. allies in more than 20 countries and also
to provide services to U.S. commercial entities.
You may have an interest in drone technology and
perhaps enjoyed flying a small drone. At the other
end of the spectrum is
Insitu. Attend this Boeing
(BEN) presentation to
see the exciting work
To view the broadcast,
available only on Boeing’s
intranet, go to https://
A closer look - Insitu
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Boeing Education Network (BEN)
Thursday, April 19 - 11 a.m.
Good times at Wichita bingo
About 40 played bingo at the SPEEA Wichita office March 10. The Midwest Membership Activities Committee (MAC)
hosts the annual event which is family friendly. MAC Chair and Midwest Council Rep Aaron Kitterman’s son, Tommy,
5, helped with calling out the numbers. Winners received prizes.
Science April 14
SPEEA members, their families and friends are welcome to join this year’s March for Science in Seattle and Wichita Saturday,
The initial march took place last year as an international call for supporting scientific research
and data in a non-partisan way. Around the
world, organizers are planning related events,
including rallies and marches.
Seattle - The rally starts at 10 a.m. at Cal Anderson
Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. SPEEA
will host a visibility table at the rally for those
who want to learn more about our professional
aerospace union and talk with engineers and techs.
The march starts at noon and concludes near the
Pacific Science Center by the Seattle Space Needle.
Wichita - Organizers plan an event at the
Sedgwick County Courthouse, Wichita, from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 14. Their Facebook page
SPEEA members took part in last year’s march.
Sign up - firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if
you’re planning to go.
NW STEM grant
Northwest SPEEA members who volun- teer with students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math
(STEM) can apply for a Northwest Council grant.
The Council provides STEM grants for after-school outreach for non-profits such as robotics
or science fairs in Washington state, Oregon,
Utah or California.
Grant applications are reviewed by a committee of members and voted on by the Northwest
Applications are at www.speea.org. Grant applications, submitted by members only, are due by
Apply for STEM Grant
The Northwest Council officers team up
with a committee of members to review the
STEM grant applications prior to a vote by the
Northwest Council in September.
The committee researches, analyzes and verifies
the applications as well as evaluates the merits of
the requests prior to making a recommendation
to the Council.
To apply for the STEM Grant Review
Committee, email your name, contact information and school district where you live to
email@example.com by July 2.