The march of progress continues, and we have more pictures available, now that the cfd (computational fluid dynamics) is far enough along to establish the new fuselage shape as being adequate for our use. As mentioned earlier, we have opted for a larger main wing and have removed the canard. The tail feature remains relatively unchanged, as directional stability and control authority seemed adequate without modification of the tail. We hope you like the new fuselage shape – it seems even more sculptural and eye-catching.
We have begun construction of the ground test mules that will be used to test and validate the drive train and suspension. This will continue through December and into January, upon which time we should be able to add a propeller and hub assembly for ground testing of the complete drive train. The design of the propeller is to be done following the completion of the final fuselage/ducted fan design being accomplished over the next few weeks.
We are setting up a progress page on the website to show pictures, and to document the evolution of the construction process. There is quite a bit that we want to work out in the physical world, especially related to the ground handling of the vehicle. While we can show much of what we are doing, some things that may be future patents we won’t be able to share. We know you understand, and we will describe our progress as best we can even if we can’t show all of it. There should be occasional video footage (especially some hot cornering), and we will post choice pieces on YouTube so you can pass it around. The current animation is already on YouTube under Switchblade. Feel free to email that link to your friends!
In the meantime, enjoy these 3D shots of the preliminary new fuselage shape, and look for the progress page on the website coming shortly!
Happy Holidays from Samson Motors Inc