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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our booth was packed for most of this week-long event, but we took time to do interviews with media. Below is our first coverage for the breaking news regarding the Switchblade fly-by-wire rudder system we have recently been testing. https://www.aopa.org/News-and-Media/All-News/2016/July/26/Flying-car-in-research?utm_source=ePilot&utm_medium=Content&utm_content=osh&utm_campaign=160726special
The carbon parts for the sides of the vehicle were being produced in July. Above you see two images of the left side completed, and below an image of the right side coming out of the oven. These are now trimmed up and awaiting the bulkhead front and rear so they can be assembled. This […]
With AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, coming up soon, we had to work long hours to make the dashboard display body section ready for the world’s largest aviation celebration. The partial body went from this: To this: With the help of RK Performance Restoration in Prineville, Oregon, the Samson Team developed another winner. Ferarri red, of […]
Body parts are being made, and will soon be assembled, but in the meantime we needed to dive into the dashboard, brakes, gas pedal, rudder pedals, etc. To really make sense of all of that, and validate the 3D engineering that was done, we decided to start with the seats. The seat frames were chosen […]
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