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  Several days after the body was taken out of the cocoon (jig that held the components in place while all were bonded together), we had another look at the body. Composite Approach builders had done all of the trimming, sanding, and prepping to make the body ready for the next steps of the build […]

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Switchblade Update 7 January, 2017

The Switchblade body was assembled inside what we called ‘the cocoon’, which is a fixture or jig that keeps the skins in perfect position during the bonding process. This has been ongoing for over two weeks, and you may have been following the process. There is a moment of truth that happens, and it begins with […]

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Switchblade Update 20 December, 2016

The last post ended off talking about 3D printing, so I would like to pick it up at that point. We printed the first half of the hand throttle, which will be used during flight. It was easier for us to do printing of two halves and bond them together in this case. The first half turned […]

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Switchblade Update 2 December, 2016

Apologies for not posting more update news. We have been busy! Here is what I can tell you. All of the molds for the body are completed, and the engineering re-evaluation of the structures for the body are finished. What we found was that there were a few areas that needed additional reinforcing in the […]

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Switchblade Update 15 October, 2016

We recently had a visit from our Marketing Advisor, Barry Jay (left in above image). Among other things, Barry took part in a ‘work in progress’ presentation and demonstration of the fly-by-wire rudder system. Above, Keith Clark, the system designer, is explaining the workings of the rudder system as it has been developed to date. […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE 20 September, 2016

The last of the engineering on the bulkheads for the body was done, and we are now launching on the rest of the body parts. We are stacking up parts, ready to assemble as soon as we have all that we need. Most projects start with the body, as it is the biggest piece, and […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE September 15, 2016

More body pieces in the works! Shown above is the mold for the nose cone. The purpose of this piece is to hold an aerodynamic shape in 200 mph+ winds, but also collapse in case of a frontal impact. It is being made with the same material used in Formula 1 cars – Enegra. This […]

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We went faster and KTVZ News covered the action

The Samson Switchblade team completed a new series of slalom testing per Road & Track standard course requirements with our ground test vehicle, and improved their time by 10%! We re-tested due to changing the differential (automobile part that splits power out to the wheels) to one that better suited our needs.The Switchblade already had […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE September 5, 2016

Engineering shifted into high gear since the last post, as we are pushing hard to get the tail caught up with the body progress. We want to have two build teams working – one on the body and one on the tail. Concentrating on the engineering means we have less building progress to show, but […]

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EAA Fast Eddie and Digital Dave interview

In this radio interview at Oshkosh 2016, Fast Eddie, Digital Dave and Sam Bousfield discuss the Switchblade!

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