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Samad Starling Jet

Samad Starling Jet artist depiction in flight

 

Starling Jet
Samad Aerospace Ltd.
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.

The Starling Jet is a very futuristic and sleek looking hybrid-eletric VTOL passenger jet which holds 10 passengers and will at first be piloted and in the future, the plan is to have the aircraft fly autonomously. The aircraft has an estimated cruise speed of 740 km/h (460 mph), has a proposed range of 1,450-2,414 km (900-1,500 miles) and its maximum altitude is reported to be 9,100 m (29,855 ft). The company plans to have a fly-by-wire system for the jet.

The aircraft has one main wing, a V-tail and retractable wheeled landing gear. The aircraft has a total of three jet engines. Two jet engines are fixed on the top rear of the wing, close to the fuselage and the third jet engine is located the rear of the jet on top of the fuselage and between the V-tail.

For VTOL flight, there are sliding hatches in the fuselage for its two dedicated VTOL fixed propellers which are powered by electric motors. In addition, the two jet engines mounted on the wings will extend their cowlings down to 90 degrees for four points of VTOL thrust. If the jet should slip below stall speed, the aircraft will automatically switch to its hover mode. The jet engines and battery packs will be used during VTOL flight, reducing the amount of noise when hovering. During forward flight, the jet engines will recharge the battery packs.

Samad Aerospace expects the VTOL jet to be used on short-haul and regional flights for business and luxury travel. A Starling Jet VTOL jet will allowing the VIP travelers will use vertiports, parking lots, roof tops, other small landing areas, airports and any combination of these to greatly reduce their travel time.

A 20% sub-scale prototype completed testing in June 2018 and a full scale aircraft was planned for March 2019. Sales are expected by 2024.

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger aircraft
  • Piloting: Piloted and in the future will be autonomous
  • Capacity: 10 passengers
  • Cruise speed: 740 km/h (460 mph)
  • Range: 1,450-2,414 km (900-1,500 miles)
  • Flight Time: Unknown
  • Maximum altitude: 9,100 m (29,855 ft)
  • Maximum payload: Unknown
  • VTOL propellers: 2 propellers (hidden in the fuselage until needed)
  • Jet engines: 3 jet engines
  • Electric Motors: 2 electric motors (maybe more)
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric and battery packs. The batteries will be charged during foward flight.
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Windows: Round windows
  • Wings: 1 main high wing with winglets
  • Tail: V-tail
  • Landing gear: Retractable wheeled landing gear

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