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Swift Engineering 020


Tail-Sitting VTOL Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) [ 2019 ]



The Swift 020 UAV is unique in that it launches and lands from a tail-sitting position.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 03/08/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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Tail-sitting drones are becoming a common sight in the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the important inherent capabilities offered. They can launch and land vertically while being able to travel horizontally, combining the best qualities of a rotary-based platform with that of a fixed-wing product. Swift Engineering, Incorporated has developed such a system through its Model 020.

Key qualities of the Model 020 are its all-electric drive and Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities. The former means a low-cost, low-emissions system while the latter allows this UAV to operate nearly anywhere. The aircraft has a swappable payload capacity of up to 1 kilogram and can fly for two hours up to 75 miles at altitudes of 400 feet. The Model 020 takes off vertically and can easily and quickly transition to horizontal flight - allowing it to operate in urban environments free of the requirement (and restrictions) of prepared runway spaces.
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Structurally, the Model 020 exhibits a somewhat unique, yet wholly conventional, straight-wing arrangement. The fuselage is a slim, tubular shape tapered at both ends. At either end of center mass are two-bladed propeller units and each wing leading edge is also home to an additional two-bladed propeller units to help fulfill the VTOL requirement. Aft of each wing-mounted propeller section is a vertical tail fin which adds lateral control. The aircraft comes to rest on a two-legged undercarriage and carries a gimballed High-Definition (HD) camera and InfraRed (IR) camera unit with interchangeable lens as its primary optics fit. Communications is through a satellite link.

Power to the aircraft is all-electric and it can operate in all basic environments under full autonomy. The ground control system is a portable mobile unit, allowing for quick setup and takedown in-the-field - just 10 minutes is all that is needed - and the complete system breaks down into eight smaller components for transport. The Model 020 ships in two hard cases for maximum protection.

Beyond its obvious military applications, the Model 020 is marketed as suitable for the agricultural, parcel delivery, emergency services, humanitarian assistance, survey, maritime (coast guard, Search and Rescue) and research industries - such is its versatility.
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Specifications



Service Year
2019

Origin
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United States

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
30
UNITS


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


MTOW
29 lb
(13 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Swift Engineering Model 020 production variant)
Installed: All-electric powerplant driving four two-bladed rotor units, two located at fore and aft on the fuselage and one at each wing leading edge.
Max Speed
52 mph
(83 kph | 45 kts)
Ceiling
394 ft
(120 m | 0 mi)
Range
75 mi
(120 km | 222 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Swift Engineering Model 020 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
Variable (changeable) payload capability to serve multiple industry sectors.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Model 020 - Base Series Designation


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