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Samad Starling Cargo

 

Starling Cargo
Samad Aerospace Ltd.
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
www.samadaerospace.com

Founded in 2017, Samad Aerospace is a technology start-up set out to manufacture safe, eco-friendly, scalable, luxury electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and hybrid-electric VTOL passenger aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and for air cargo. The company is based in the United Kingdom and is financed by venture capital and is looking for additional funding.

The company has designed multiple models of eVTOL and hybrid-electric VTOL to help shape the future with eco-friendly door-to-door air urban air transportation. The ulimate goal of the aircraft is to give back time to the air traveler compared to lengthy time it takes today to fly with conventional air travel. During the 15th Electric Aircraft Symposium held in July 2021, the Starling Cargo aircraft was announced and briefly detailed by Dr. Seyed Mohseni, CEO of Samad.
 
Starling Cargo All Electric Flight Specifications:

  • Cruise speed (fully electric): 153 km/h (95 mph)
  • Maximum range (fully electric): 217 km (135 miles)
  • Maximum altitude (fully electric): 3,000 m (9,843 feet)
  • Maximum payload (fully electric): 60 kg (132 lb)
  • Maximum takeoff weight (fully electric): 600 kg (1,323 lb)

Starling Cargo Hybrid-Electric Flight Specification:

  • Cruise speed (hybrid-electric): 201 km/h (125 mph)
  • Maximum range (hybrid-electric: 644 km (400 miles)
  • Maximum altitude (hybrid-electric): 3,000 m (9,843 feet)
  • Maximum payload (hybrid-electric): 100 kg (220 lb)
  • Maximum takeoff weight (hybrid-electric): 920 kg (2,028 lb)

Starling Cargo is an eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL air cargo aircraft that is remotely-controlled with autopilot capability and the all-electric model has a maximum payload 60 kg (132 lb) and the hybrid-electric model has a maximum payload 100 kg (220 lb). The electric version has a cruise speed 153 km/h (95 mph) and the hybrid-electric cruise speed 201 km/h (125 mph).

Samad Aerospace plans to market the Starling Cargo aircraft for urban air cargo, critical air cargo for humanitarian aid, the oil and gas industries, the mining industry, rural areas, underdeveloped regions, disaster relief, the medical industry and government use.

The company has built and tested multiple prototypes of its eVTOL cargo aircraft and as of 2021 is taking preorders of for the aircraft. Samad Aerospace has also announced in 2021 they have begun the certification process for the aircraft.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with Aerosud Aviation (based in South Africa) for the development and manufacturing of the Starling Cargo aircraft. The company plans to start serial production in 2022.

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL cargo aircraft
  • Piloting: Remotely piloted with autopilot capability
  • Capacity: Cargo only
  • Cruise speed (fully electric): 153 km/h (95 mph)
  • Maximum range (fully electric): 217 km (135 miles)
  • Maximum altitude (fully electric): 3,000 m (9,843 feet)
  • Maximum payload (fully electric): 60 kg (132 lb)
  • Maximum takeoff weight (fully electric): 600 kg (1,323 lb)
  • Cruise speed (hybrid-electric): 201 km/h (125 mph)
  • Maximum range (hybrid-electric: 644 km (400 miles)
  • Maximum altitude (hybrid-electric): 3,000 m (9,843 feet)
  • Maximum payload (hybrid-electric): 100 kg (220 lb)
  • Maximum takeoff weight (hybrid-electric): 920 kg (2,028 lb)
  • Propellers: 5 propellers. 4 ducted fans (2 stationary VTOL ducted fans, 2 vectored thrust ducted fans) and 1 pusher propeller.
  • Electric Motors: 5 electric motors
  • Power source: Battery packs
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Wings: 1 main high wing
  • Tail: Large T-tail
  • Landing gear: Retractable landing gear
  • Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft.

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