Autonomous UAVs/Drones for Scientific Research, Industrial Inspection, Survey and Mapping

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Black Swift Technologies is a leading developer of specialized state-of-the-art unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for flying scientific payloads in the most demanding of atmospheric environments and weather conditions.

Our purpose-built research drones are utilised around the world for a variety of missions, including the monitoring and assessing of wild fires, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

S1 Mapping UAV

Our autonomous drones feature onboard augmented intelligent learning capabilities that provide early warning and diagnostics to predict system failures before they happen. This advanced technology allows for active navigation around obstacles and rugged terrain, making our systems ideal for safe and efficient beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations.

Black Swift E2™ Inspection Quadcopter UAS

Autonomous quadcopter aerial inspection drone

E2 Inspection Quadcopter

The Black Swift E2 is an advanced quadcopter drone that has been specifically engineered for high-accuracy, up-close structural and industrial inspections. Capable of fully autonomous operation, the E2 is able to leverage powerful computer vision and machine learning technologies to provide precise, reliable and safe navigation in complex environments while delivering real-time actionable data.

The Black Swift E2 carries its payload at the nose of the aircraft instead of the underside, allowing operators to obtain full sensor field-of-view even when looking vertically. Both the payload and drone battery are easily field-swappable, and the battery position can also be adjusted depending on the weight the aircraft is carrying. A typical loadout for the E2 includes an RGB camera, laser positioning and guidance system and radio modem, but can be customized to individual mission requirements to include LiDAR, thermal and multi-spectral cameras, trace gas sensors, radiometers and more.

Inspection Quadcopter Drone

The highly mobile E2 can be easily folded down and fits into a custom carrying case for convenient transport and protection from potential damage during transit.


Frame Weight (empty)1.42 kg (3.13 lbs)
Electronics and Battery Weight3.83 kg (8.44 lbs)
Max Payload Weight1.99 kg (4.39 lbs)
Max Takeoff Weight8.78 kg (19.36 lbs)
Flight Time62 minutes
Maximum Wind Speed Endurance15 m/s (30 kts)

Black Swift S1™ Autonomous UAS

Intuitive ready-to-fly mapping and surveying drone

mapping and surveying drone

The Black Swift S1 is a fully autonomous fixed-wing UAV that serves as an ideal introduction to commercial drone mapping and surveying operations such as aerial photogrammetry. The intuitive interface, with gesture-based planning, can be rapidly learned and mastered while flying real-world missions.

Ready to fly straight out of the box and equipped with a Sony a5100 camera, the system includes everything required to immediately get started with conducting survey missions. The all-inclusive package comprises the aircraft, batteries, SwiftStation ground control station with tripod, tablet computer with SwiftTab flight management software, field toolbox, carrying case, and control handset.

Black Swift S1 Autonomous UAV

The S1 is easily launched via hand, and features advanced landing algorithms for robust, precise autonomous belly landings. The platform has been deployed for mapping missions at altitudes of 14000 feet, and is also ideal for surveying work, land management, crop damage assessments, and large-area ecological studies.


Gross Takeoff Weight2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)
Flight Time1.5 hrs
Area Coverage900 acres
Camera Resolution24 MP
Ground Station Run Time4+ hrs

Black Swift S2™ Data Collection UAS

Scientific research drone for demanding data collection applications

Scientific research drone

The Black Swift S2 is an advanced fixed-wing drone that has been custom-built for scientific research in demanding atmospheric conditions such as high altitudes, high levels of corrosive particulates, and strong turbulence. With a rugged airframe, high flight ceiling and extended endurance and range, the S2 is capable of autonomous launch, flight, and landing even in difficult mountainous regions.

Scientific Research UAV

The S2 features a convenient field-swappable payload system that encloses the sensor suite within the nose cone in front of the propeller, ensuring clean and uncontaminated measurements of the atmosphere. With a common power, data, and mechanical interface, different payloads can be rapidly swapped in the field without any specialized tools. Payloads can thus be field-calibrated separately from the aircraft, and different sensor suites can be rapidly deployed in successive missions using the same UAS, extending the versatility of the aircraft.

Research drone

Black Swift Technologies has incorporated a variety of modular payload sensors for specialized applications onto the S2™, including:

  • Soil Moisture Mapping (L-band radiometer)
  • Wildfire Monitoring (CO2, CO, aerosol, RH, p and T trace gas sensors, multispectral camera)
  • Multi-Angular Remote Sensing (531nm band monitor, Tetracam Mini-Multiple Camera Array Imaging System, multispectral camera)
  • Volcano Monitoring (CO2 trace gas sensor, nephelometer, temperature, pressure, humidity and wind sensors)