(28 July 2021) Samad Aerospace’s second eVTOL prototype, the eStarling aircraft, has completed hover tests.
Designed for intercity transport, the eStarling aircraft is being designed to combine a helicopter’s vertical ability to take off and land from almost anywhere, with the speed and range of a business jet.
The eStarling has a semi-blended wing body (BWB) design and is powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Samad Aerospace claims it has a cruising speed of 300 mph and a range of 800 miles.
This month’s hover tests were performed over a crane system, and they focused on the validation of the flight control system in hovering mode. The aircraft consumed 65% of the available power to take off and hover with a healthy power surplus for adverse weather conditions.
Speaking from his UK Head Office at Cranfield Technology Park, Dr. Seyed Mohseni, CEO of Samad Aerospace, said, “The importance of these recent flight tests is the initial validation of autopilot that has been developed by the Samad Aerospace team.”
The eStarling is available to pre-order now with delivery scheduled for 2026.