Trondheim, Norway, Oct 28, 2021 – UBIQ Aerospace and Insitu, Inc. are initiating a project to optimize
Insitu’s Integrator™ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the challenging environment of the Arctic and
The project will enable the Integrator UAS to operate during atmospheric icing conditions by incorporating
UBIQ Aerospace’s D•ICE™ solution, an autonomous, electrothermal system optimized for the size,
weight, and power (SWAP) available on small, tactical UAS. Once complete, the Integrator equipped with
D•ICE will be the first tactical UAS capable of operating routinely in known icing conditions.
Atmospheric icing has long been one of the great inhibitors to UAS operations because most UAS
platforms are designed for warmer climates and lack the SWAP for traditional anti-icing or de-icing
According to Kim Lynge Sørensen, UBIQ Aerospace co-founder and CEO, “Our objective is to make the
Integrator UAS operationally available even during the cold weather conditions experienced in Northern
Europe and the Northern- and Arctic Seas. We will achieve such weather robustness by integrating our
proprietary D•ICE technology into one of the most proven UAS on the planet.”
Dave Funkhouser, Insitu’s Director of International Business Development, adds: “Insitu has several
NATO and NORDEFCO customers who need UAS that can operate year-round in the Arctic and High
North. Whether in Alaska, Andøya, or anywhere in-between, this project will make it possible, and we’re
thrilled to be working with an innovative Norwegian company such as UBIQ Aerospace.”
The Integrator UAS is a runway-independent, NATO Class I UAS with an 18-kilogram payload capacity
and a maximum takeoff weight of nearly 75 kilograms. It can operate on land and ships and features a
modular construction that simplifies maintenance and enables payloads to be easily swapped between
missions. The Integrator offers more than 24 hours of endurance, depending on the payload configuration
and environmental conditions. Insitu has delivered more than 50 systems to customers around the globe.
The project begins in November 2021 with a comprehensive study of the Integrator UAS that will “provide
insights related to cold weather vulnerabilities and reveal optimal design options for ice protection,”
according to Astrid Myckland Stevik, UBIQ Aerospace’s project manager for the effort.
About UBIQ Aerospace
UBIQ Aerospace provides solutions that enhance the capabilities of UAS and Advanced Air Mobility
(AAM) aircraft. Potential icing or visible moisture conditions will no longer be a cause for canceling critical
operations. UBIQ Aerospace has created the revolutionary D•ICE autonomous ice protection solutions
that allow for aircraft operations in possible and known icing conditions. We offer these capabilities for
defense, and commercial OEMs focused on UAS and AAM aircraft. To learn more,
visit ubiqaerospace.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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. Insitu is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
For more information, visit www.insitu.com