BST S1 UAS: Simple, Intuitive, and Reliable

The Black Swift S1 was designed as an advanced fully autonomous, yet simple to operate, survey and mapping platform. The combination of the ease-of-use of the Black Swift S1 along with the improved regulations allow new operators to get up and flying quickly. This allows entities needing this data to focus their efforts on using the data and doing the work rather than be primarily focused on UAS operations and certifications.

Ready-to-fly out of the box the Black Swift S1 includes everything required for conducting survey missions, including the aircraft, batteries, ground station with tripod, tablet computer, field toolbox, carrying case, and control handset. Unlike other systems, no additional computers or support equipment are required for conducting missions.

The Black Swift S1 is capable of conducting fully autonomous fights in unimproved areas. Take-of is performed through a simple hand launch, and the advanced landing algorithm provides for robust and precise autonomous belly landings. The Black Swift S1 has a high operational ceiling, and has been used to perform mapping missions at altitudes up to 14,000 feet in Colorado. It has been employed for surveying work, land management, crop damage assessments, and large area ecological studies. Contact us to learn more.

The Black Swift S1 is the perfect introduction to commercial operation of unmanned aircraft. Our mission planning software is so intuitive that you can learn it while performing real photogrammetry missions. You will quickly see the many possibilities of our gesture-based planning software tied to our common fight management hardware and software.

For mapping and photogrammetry missions you will likely find that this is the only system that you need.


Mission length1 hour
Storage mediumSD card
Area covered600 acres (900 with battery upgrade)
Camera24 MPixel
Photo transferSD Card
Tablet model9.7" Android® Tablet
Ground station mass2 lbs.
Ground station run time4+ hours
Gross Takeoff Weight (GTOW)6 lbs.
Software Development Kit (SDK)Included
Field tripodIncluded
R/C handset (for manual backup)6-channel transmitter
Aircraft battery8000 mAh LiPo
Battery chargerPerformance LiPo charger

A Unified System

The Black Swift S1 utilizes Black Swift Technologies’ SwiftCore™ Flight Management System, comprised of the SwiftPilot™, SwiftStation™, and SwiftTab™ user interface, along with support electronics. The entire system is designed for ease of use along with accurate fight tracking, even in high winds. The SwiftCore™ FMS is designed and engineered by Black Swift Technologies and is entirely made in the USA. The SwiftCore™ has been approved and used for major scientific missions by NASA, deployments by NOAA, and by a growing list of commercial users including engineering and survey professionals, construction and mining managers, as well as environmental monitoring by scientific and academic organizations.

The complete Black Swift S1™ field kit with ready-to-fly aircraft, handset, battery and charger, Sony a5100 camera, Swift Core FMS, and tripod.


Black Swift S1 Datasheet

SwiftCore Flight Management System

Surveying with UAS White Paper
Surveying the Great Sand Dunes National Park Overview

Black Swift S1 Overview and Operations