Samad Aerospaces second eVTOL prototype, the eStarling
aircraft, has completed hover tests.
Designed for intercity transport, the
eStarling aircraft is being designed to combine a helicopters 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 months 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.