The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the American company Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing. It is a small, long-endurance, and versatile UAV designed for reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
Some key features and characteristics of the ScanEagle:
The ScanEagle has a fixed-wing design with a wingspan of around 10 feet (3.1 meters).
It is launched using a pneumatic catapult and recovered using a skyhook system, which involves catching the UAV’s wing with a rope hanging from a boom.
The ScanEagle is known for its long endurance capabilities, with flight times lasting up to 20 hours.
The UAV is equipped with various payloads, including electro-optical and infrared cameras for capturing still imagery and live video. These sensors make it suitable for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and target acquisition missions.
The ScanEagle has been used in various military and civilian applications. In the military context, it has been deployed for intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition. In civilian applications, it has been used for tasks such as monitoring wildlife, environmental surveys, and disaster response.
The ScanEagle has seen widespread use in military operations, including supporting U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been used by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and several international customers.
Over the years, there have been several upgrades and variants of the ScanEagle to enhance its capabilities and performance. These may include improvements in communication systems, sensor payloads, and other technologies.
The ScanEagle is launched using a catapult system, and it is recovered using a unique skyhook system, where the UAV catches a rope hanging from a boom mounted on a ground-based or ship-based platform.
The ScanEagle has proven to be a reliable and effective platform for a range of missions, particularly those requiring long-endurance surveillance and reconnaissance. Its capabilities make it suitable for both military and civilian applications.
This asset is designed for simulations and supports movement from the JSBSim Flight Dynamics Model (FDM) library. The drone comes with two movement types, each with its own vehicle Blueprint: JSBSim integrated and projectile based movement.
JSBSim is an open source, platform-independent, flight dynamics model in C++, and the movement system uses data from its FDM, which can be easily replaced, as described in the documentation below.
A sample showcase/demo Blueprint has been included with an environment map and User Interface (UI). When you “Play” the map, the UI includes camera presets, sliders, and buttons to demonstrate the key functionalities of the vehicle. From this map you can also start flying the vehicle.
Disclaimer: This asset uses the Volumetrics plugin from Epic Games and JSBSim Flight Dynamics Model (FDM) from the JSBSim team for demonstration purposes only. The vehicle can be used and modified without these plugins enabled in your personal projects.
The Volumetrics plugin is used for the clouds in the scene by utilizing the volume creation and rendering tools therein.
The JSBSim FDM integrated movement requires an appropriate flight model in XML format. Vigilante LLC uses only the publicly available FDMs and does not provide actual airplane FDM itself.
All rights of the Volumetrics plugin and the JSBSim library are the exclusive property of Epic Games and the JSBSim team respectively. Vigilante does make any warranties, inferred or implied, regarding the use of Epic’s plugins nor of the JSBSim team’s library or flight models.
- Compliant with SISO Entity Reference No.: 184.108.40.206.25
- High quality mesh
- Flight functionality with JSBSim-integrated as well as projectile-based movements
- Textures controllable via Blueprint parameter
- Emissive material driven lights for increased performance
- DIS/HLA (RPR FOM) integration ready
- Damaged vehicle state and associated fire and smoke FX
- Uses Volumetrics plugin from Epic Games
Number of Blueprints: 19
Input: Keyboard, Mouse, DIS / HLA (RPR FOM) Protocols
Network Replicated: No, requires integration into a Network Replicated Product or System
Supported Development Platforms: Win-64
Documentation (PDF): Click here for the vehicle documentation
Vigilante Asset Customization Guide (PDF): Click here for the Vigilante Asset Guide