Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced a strategic alliance with Norwegian-based Robot Aviation and AndÃ¸ya Space to promote the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) ecosystem in the Arctic and High North. The alliance will offer products and services optimized for the harsh environments north of the Arctic Circle where many North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) allies operate. The alliance will also seek to collaborate with other like-minded companies, research institutions and academic organizations that can add value to the economy in North Norway.
“This alliance strengthens our presence and commitment to existing and future customers, it enhances our ability to support the growing community of UAS users in the Arctic region”,said Niklas Nyroth, the CEO of Robot Aviation.
“This alliance brings together the best from both Norway and the US,” said Gunnar Jan Olsen, the President of AndÃ¸ya Space Defence. “AndÃ¸ya Space has a sixty-year heritage of space, defence and UAS operations in the High North, and the cooperation with Robot Aviation and Insitu will help build and strengthen the Norwegian UAS community.”
With headquarters at Eggemoen Aviation & Technology Park Norway, Robot Aviation is a developer of UAS for military and commercial applications. Offering a family of SkyRobotâ„¢ systems tailored for specific missions to enable faster decision making, increased awareness, and consistent accuracy for our users since 2008.
Strategically located 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, AndÃ¸ya Space of Andenes, Norway operates an orbital launch facility and test range with a 25,000 square kilometer danger area that enables research, development, test and evaluation activities that are not possible anywhere else on Earth.
“Our alliance with AndÃ¸ya Space and Robot Aviation is about growing a sustainable UAS value chain. We aspire to service the Arctic and High North by promoting cooperation between the commercial, defense and academic sectors across the region.” said Dave Funkhouser, Insitu’s Global Growth Executive for Northern Europe. With offices in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, Insitu creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and managing sensor data. To date, our systems have accumulated more than 1.3 million flight hours.