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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 21 JULY, 2014

We have been busy! The ailerons have both been completed, and weigh less than two pounds each. Great job by our build team and the parts/mold team at Composite Approach. The intake manifold for the supercharger was designed and 3D printed. It is made from Nylon, and is very tough. We may make the final […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: MAY 17, 2014

  We have begun assembling the carbon fiber parts. It all begins with mixing glue.  The glue used in aircraft construction is very strong, and in this case is a two-part mix that has to be carefully weighed for proper strength.  Brent Burch is shown here mixing the first batch of Hysol glue that is […]

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Switchblade featured in business journal: May 7, 2014

The Cascade Business News, Central Oregon’s premier business journal, featured us in an article highlighting our recent milestones and various ways the Switchblade could be used as a business tool. At the bottom of the article are links to 4 videos, showing some of the latest Switchblade action! Samson Motors Reaches Major Milestones with Flying […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2014

We had a great time doing slalom testing of the Switchblade ground prototype! Our 700′ course was set up with eight cones spaced 100′ apart, per the standards of the Road and Track slalom testing procedures. The Switchblade has a long wheel base (distance from front to rear wheels) and as such rides very smoothly. […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2014

Final results from the wind tunnel were received, with expected (very good) results! The big news was that our drag (resistance through the air) dropped 7% with the new tail. This is tremendous, as after our first wind tunnel testing we found that we were already below our drag predictions. We did not think we […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2014

The wind tunnel testing at the University of Washington in Seattle was finished last Friday to good result, with the initial results showing that the final tail design produced significant increase in stability. Willem Anemaat of DAR Corp, our aerodynamic team, was happy with the results. As per last time, the numbers need to be […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: FEBRUARY 6, 2014

The Suzuki Hayabusa engine in our ground prototype is running! It took a lot of dedicated work by our build team, but the motor started up and sang a very pretty note after over a year of not being run. The wiring was quite a hang-up for quite a few days, but we went back […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: JANUARY 12, 2014

While the wing structural engineering and mold drawings are being accomplished, the Samson build team turned their attention to getting the ground prototype back up on its feet. We are taking test components of the suspension and drive train and testing them in the real world prior to installation in the fuselage (body) of the […]

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Switchblade Update: December 19, 2013

You may have heard mention of the wind tunnel model that Samson tested in the University of Washington wind tunnel recently. I thought I might show more photos of that model and process, as it was certainly an experience. The wind tunnel staff were well trained and in control of every aspect. It was very […]

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Switchblade Update: November 6, 2013

On Thursday we wrapped up our Switchblade wind tunnel testing at the University of Washington in Seattle and are waiting for the final results. One thing that surprised us was that the body, or fuselage, of our 1/4 scale model contributed to the overall lift in an unusual way. Typically wings provide the lift for […]

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