Black Swift Technologies Garners NASA Contract to Study Venus Atmosphere via Drone
Boulder-based drone company Black Swift Technologies, which recently partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab for drone-infused studies of Costa Rican volcanoes, has just been awarded a contract with the space agency to develop unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that could study Venus’ upper atmosphere. According to Daily Camera, NASA has thus far merely provided the company with the basic specifications for the kind of unmanned aerial vehicle needed for such an endeavor, like the size, weight, and payload minimum required of the drone.
“They’re looking for vehicles to explore just above the cloud layer,” said Black Swift founder Jack Elston of his new patron. He added that NASA is particularly eager “to look for organic material or evidence of that material in the upper atmosphere.”
Source: The Drive