Insitu has a new leader at the helm.
The Boeing maker of unmanned aircraft systems, including the ScanEagle and Integrator, appointed Ryan Hartman as president and CEO. He replaces Steve Morrow, who is retiring.
“Insitu invented the agile small tactical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance category and continues to be a leader in the industry,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president for unmanned airborne systems programs at Boeing. “As Insitu enters its third decade of operation, Ryan is ideally suited to push technologies and processes to continue Insitu’s strong, global growth trajectory.”
Insitu recently demonstrated a 24-hour flight of its Integrator system, an unmanned aircraft with six payload systems to carry camera and other surveillance equipment. The aircraft is the basis of the RQ-21A Blackjack, developed for use by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Hartman is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the former senior vice president of the ScanEagle and Integrator programs.
Boeing purchased Bingen, Wash.-based Insitu in 2008, reportedly paying $400 million for the company. Insitu now employs more than 800 workers in the Columbia Gorge area of Washington and Oregon.