Black Swift Technologies
Based in Boulder, CO and founded in 2011, Black Swift Technologies (BST) is recognized for delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) capable of flying scientific payloads in demanding atmospheric environments (high-altitude, arctic, desert, corrosive particulates, and strong turbulence). Its purpose-built scientific aerial platforms are used around the globe for a variety of specialized atmospheric research missions in extreme conditions, including monitoring and assessing wildland fires, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
The company’s existing products include the E2 multi-rotor aircraft, S1 and S2 fixed wing sUAS aircraft, SwiftCore FMS (Flight Management System), and a soil moisture management package for precision agriculture consisting of a radiometer sensor integrated into the S2 aircraft and multi-spectral post-processing software. BST has a long track record of success in the sUAS industry. It is the global leader in sUAS air sampling using sophisticated atmospheric sampling sensors integrated into the S2 for volcano plume monitoring, meteorology, and wildfire air quality assessment. BST’s autopilot, SwiftCore FMS, works with both fixed wing sUAS aircraft and multi-rotors, and has proven itself in the field on demanding data gathering flight missions at high elevations in Colorado, monitoring volcanoes in the tropics, and on GPS-degraded missions in Greenland with a variety of sensor packages including sophisticated air sampling packages, COTS cameras, the soil moisture radiometer, and various custom scientific payloads. BST’s S2 fixed wing aircraft with SwiftCore FMS is the preferred sUAS fixed wing aircraft for scientific data collection missions for NASA and NOAA. The S2’s modular design has a field swappable payload nose cone allowing customers to quickly change sensor payloads in the field and a field swappable wing set should the need arise to make a change during a mission. Other common repairs can easily be made in the field to minimize disruption to data collection flight operations.