BST S2 UAS: Modular by Design, Accurate by Nature

Engineered to achieve high altitude fights through strong winds and damaging particulates, the Black Swift S2™ is a durable, terrain-following sUAS platform suitable for deployment in harsh environments typical of nomadic scientific field campaigns.

A Purpose-Built Scientific Platform

The Black Swift S2™ is a sUAS purpose-built for flying scientific payloads in demanding atmospheric environments (high-altitude, corrosive particulates, and strong turbulence). The Black Swift S2™ offers the additional benefits of being hand-launchable and having a larger payload capacity than other vehicles while also having longer endurance, higher ceiling, and greater range than vector wing airframes. This rugged airframe is capable of autonomous launch, fight, and landing in difficult mountainous regions. Contact us to learn more.

"NASA and similar scientific agencies require deliverables with a high degree of accuracy and reliability. The Black Swift S2™ is designed to collect data in harsh environments and will enhance the performance and utility of NASA’s Airborne Science feet."

Jack Elston, Ph.D., CEO of Black Swift Technologies

Modular Field-Swappable Payload System

Indicative of its science-based missions and fight heritage, the Black Swift S2 features the field-swappable payload system designed to:

  • Ensure clean and uncontaminated measurements of the atmosphere by completely enclosing the sensor suite and associated hardware within the nose cone, and
  • Enable rapid changes of the payload in the field using a common power, data, and mechanical interface without any specialized tools. This allows for diferent sensors suites to be rapidly deployed in successive missions using the same airframe and FMS, extending the utility of the Black Swift S2™ to numerous applications and missions outside that of volcanic plume detection.

When Time is of the Essence

Leveraging BST’s proprietary Flight Planning User Interface, scientists can program the Black Swift S2™ in minutes to calculate the area under review and then begin collecting data for immediate analysis and decision making. With its intuitive tab-driven interface, fight planning is simple and easy to accomplish. Mission monitoring and mapping is all done from a handheld Android™ Tablet loaded with BST’s SwiftTab™ software. Gesture-based controls enable users to confidently deploy their Black Swift S2™ with minimal training while being able to collect data over geography that is topically diverse with confidence.

The SwiftCore™ FMS enables advanced control systems. These “smart” control systems provide industry leading sensor-based control of the UAS that minimizes operator workload while improving the quality of the observed data by autonomously modifying the fight path based on sensor inputs.