Swift Engineering’s UAV and Aerospace Heritage
Swift Engineering is a product development and manufacturing services company with over 30 years of experience designing and building high performance vehicles, specializing in unmanned systems, autonomy, robotics, and advanced composites. Swift was founded in 1983 and has designed and fabricated over 500 race cars in its 60,000 sq ft facility. In 2000, Swift Engineering diversified in to aerospace vehicles and has worked on space, aerospace, aeronautical, terrestrial and underwater, manned and unmanned, defense and commercial designs and vehicles. In 2001 Swift Engineering started the development of the Swift KillerBee; a runway independent, 4 ft wingspan, catapult launch and net recovery UAS. By 2009 this vehicle had a 10 ft wingspan, 15 hour endurance, and was capable of carrying a 60 lb payload. Swift Engineering sold this asset to Northrop Grumman and it was renamed the Northrop Bat.
Diversified into aerospace/aviation markets
Designed, built and delivered the runway-independent Killer Bee blended wing UAV and its mobile launch/retrieval system
Build to print aerospace structures including radomes, leading edge panels and wings for various unmanned aircrafts including the Global Hawk.
Designed and built single engine business jet from concept to first flight in 200 days
Designed and prototyped the S97 Sikorsky rotor fairings
Northrop Grumman buys Swift Engineering's Killer Bee UAV product line, which becomes the Bat UAS
Swift fabricates iridium satellite payload structures for SpaceX
Swift becomes airframe manufacture for the composite joint mulit rotor (JMR) Blackhawk replacement helicopter
Swift020 prototyping and research
Awarded SBIR phase 2 robotics contract from NASA
Awarded SBIR phase 2 High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) aircraft from NASA
X-Blade Technology™ is the technology and expertise of maximizing the benefits of VTOL with the efficiencies of fixed wing flight; it is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) transition to horizontal flight technology that does not use rotating mechanisms; all the control is conducted with in the flight control autopilot system. The X-Blade Technology used in the Swift 020 Unmanned Air System can be scaled to larger and different configuration platforms.
What is the Swift 020
The Swift020, the first UAS featuring X-Blade Technology™, is the culmination of over 13 years of research and development in UAS, creativity and innovation in the UAV marketspace, and Swift heritage and understanding in unmanned systems. The Swift020 Unmanned Air System (UAS) takes off and lands anywhere like a quad-rotor and transitions to efficient fixed-wing forward flight without additional launch and recovery equipment allowing it to vastly reduce operational time and cost. The Swift020 Unmanned Air System is a family of systems servicing Linear Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Emergency Services, Delivery, Agriculture, Scientific Research, Surveillance and Military/Defense markets.