Samad Aerospace Ltd.
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
The Samad Aerospace Starling Jet is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) hybrid-electric jet that will carry passengers on regional and short-haul flights.
The Starling will be a hybrid gas-electric business jet. When the gas turbine is employed in cruise mode it will help recharge batteries. It is a fixed wing aircraft with a V-tail. Three jet engines are fixed above the wings and tail. For VTOL the fuselage opens sliding hatches for two fixed vertical propellers and the engines fixed on the wings extend cowlings that angle 90 degrees down for four VTOL points of thrust. Should the jet slip below stall speed it will automatically adjust to hover. While Samad is working toward autonomous flight they also plan for a fly-by-the-wire system and an operator with 20 hours of emergency training to be at the controls. Two alternate configurations, the fully electric e-Starling and UAV Starling, are also being developed by Samad.
The Starling will be able to use vertiports and small landing areas. The company is targeting the business and luxury travel markets.
A 20% sized model completed testing in June 2018 and a full scale aircraft for tests is expected in March 2019. Sales are expected by 2024.
Samad Aerospace’s aircraft are venture-capital funded.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
- Pilots: None
- Passengers: 10
- Cruise speed: 399 knots (740 km/h, 460 mph)
- Range: 1450-2,414 km (900-1500 miles)
- Max altitude: 9,100 m (29855.64 ft)
- Propeller Count: 3
- Wing type: Fixed-wing
- Tail assembly: V-tail