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Switchblade Progress Report, October 10, 2011

The 1/4 scale radio control model and wind tunnel model is making progress. The cnc (computer numerically controlled) machining has been accomplished, and the body, tail and wing shapes are ready for the prep work to make molds. Once the molds are made, parts will be manufactured from them for the fiberglass panels that make […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, September 9, 2011

The first radio controlled 1/4 scale model of the Switchblade is coming along nicely. Steering, suspension, and back-bone frame are completed and ready for the fiberglass skins that are being developed still. The next step is to have cores precisely machined so that we can build molds from them, and then make fiberglass parts that […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, August 16, 2011

Ducted fan design has been accomplished, with results better than expected. A duct has many features that are beneficial, and some that are not. Of course, every propulsion system has both drawbacks and advantages. In the case of our duct, we have increased static thrust (good for take-off) and decreased noise (good for neighborhood relations). This came at […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, August 6, 2011

We have been validating some of the technologies that we are wishing to include in the future Switchblade engine. One of these is Hydrogen Boost to increase fuel mileage and reduce emissions. Hydrogen Boost has been used for decades to increase the efficiency of fuel burn in combustion engines, mainly diesel engines in Canada. The […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, July 26, 2011

We got caught up on a few things this week, one of which was showing you the fastening of the windscreen on the ground test vehicle. After we fastened the sheets in place and pulled the protective covers off the lexan, we were very impressed with the visibility and clarity. Earlier we were concerned that […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, March 6, 2011

One of the great things we get to do at Samson is to create the future, not only for the business, but we hope for the world around us.  Since we have had a lot of interest in our ground-only vehicle, we thought it might be interesting to show you the direction we are heading […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, December 17, 2010

The new anti-sway bar helped cornering characteristics, and put us just where we wanted to be – by having the rear wheels break loose in a corner prior to overturning of the vehicle.  We are walking a fine line with this, but wanted to have as fast of cornering as possible while still maintaining the […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, October 8, 2010

Here is a link to our latest video – We broke 100 mph in ground testing!

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Switchblade Progress Report, September 19, 2010

We changed out the chain drive for a belt drive.  You can see the new set up in the images.  There was a very distinct improvement in the drive quality.  Much less noise, much more power available, and a completely different feel to the vehicle.  The chain was transferring power via a secondary shaft, and […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, July 15, 2010

We followed up a successful showing at Golden West Air Show with another at the Auburn, California, Thunder in the Sky event last Saturday.  To do this we again stayed up past midnight to finish our second set-up for the rear suspension.  The set-up for GW Air Show didn’t allow much adjustment, but the latest […]

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