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Pictured above is the ScanEagle N202SE, which was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. This ScanEagle conducted the first commercial operation in the lower 48 states in which the unmanned aircraft was guided beyond the visual line of sight of the pilot.

Pictured above is the ScanEagle N202SE, which was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. This ScanEagle conducted the first commercial operation in the lower 48 states in which the unmanned aircraft was guided beyond the visual line of sight of the pilot. Contributed photo

ScanEagle, the gorge-made robotic aircraft that has logged almost one million hours of flight, has

landed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection.

The most widely known product of Bingen-based Insitu, the ScanEagle X200 was inducted into the museum earlier this month.

Insitu officials believe the ScanEagle, long proven as a tactical observation tool for the military, is only now poised to make a mark in the area it was originally designed for: the commercial world.

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