Which fighter aircraft can take off vertically

This plane is like a bus that can fly

A British start-up has presented a flying electric bus for large cities. It is the world's first hybrid-electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically. The Starling Jet is faster than any helicopter and can cover much greater distances. In addition, it should also be cheaper than a helicopter.

Samad Aerospace wants to bring an aircraft onto the market that, like a minibus, can bring ten passengers straight to the center. The aircraft can take off and land vertically.

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Starling Jet over London: the three electric drives are swiveled into a vertical position after take-off and ensure quiet propulsion.

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Outside the city, a diesel-powered turbofan is switched on for the Starling Jet. Then the Sterling Jet can accelerate up to 740 km / h and cover a distance of 2400 kilometers.

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From San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours?

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To escape the traffic jams in megacities like Los Angeles and Tokyo, the British start-up Samand Aerospace has developed a flying minibus called the Starling Jet. The highlight: the Starling Jet takes off and lands vertically. The starting process is fully electric. This makes the Starling Jet much quieter than a helicopter, which makes it particularly suitable for use in cities.

The compact blended wing body construction, in which the wings flow smoothly into the fuselage, generates greater lift, which also reduces noise. In contrast to a flying wing, the fuselage can still be seen.

Long range of 2,400 kilometers, faster than a helicopter

After take-off, the electric engines swivel vertically and ensure quiet electric propulsion. In the airspace outside the city, a diesel-powered turbofan engine is switched on, which is located in the V-shaped tail unit. With this concentrated power, the Starling Jet can accelerate thinly up to 740 km / h. It has a range of 2400 kilometers, so it can cover quite large distances. The hybrid-electric plane offers space for ten passengers.

Based on these key data, the developers see the Starling Jet not only as a flying minibus for metropolises, but, thanks to its long range, also as a transporter for rescue services and humanitarian aid organizations in crisis areas. Because the helicopters normally used for these missions only have an average range of 800 kilometers and are significantly slower at 480 km / h.

A smaller e-sterling is also on offer

In addition to the hybrid-electric Starling Jet, Samand Aerospace is also planning a slightly smaller, fully electric plane for six people. This e-Starling is said to have a range of 650 kilometers at a speed of 480 km / h. In addition, there is an autonomously flying Mini-Starling as a transport and delivery plane. This small freighter, known as the UAV Starling, should be able to transport a load of 10 kilograms at 240 kilometers per hour up to 480 kilometers.

The Starling Jet takes off and flies electrically in the city, while outside a diesel-powered turbofan engine is switched on.

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The start-up, led by Seyed Mohseni, has been working on the Starling project for six years. The British company recently presented the concept and a small model at the Singapore Air Show. “Safer than a car, environmentally friendly like an electric vehicle and as luxurious as a private jet,” Mohseni praised the Starling Jet.

The prototype should take off next spring

A fully developed prototype of the Starling Jet should take off for the first time in about a year. According to Mohseni, he has already received three orders from customers in Asia for the Sterling Jet. A bank, an investment foundation and a shipping company each want to buy a jet.

A key argument for large companies is the time savings that the Starling Jet offers employees. The plane can take off directly from the roof of the company headquarters and land directly on the business partner's premises. There is no need to drive to the airport, there is no need to check in at the airport. And at the destination there is no need to drive.

Investors wanted

The British government has already funded Samad Aerospace with the equivalent of 57 million euros. Now Seyed Mohseni wants to collect another 45 million euros from investors in another financing round, which he wants to use for research and development.

The British, however, have great competition. The Bavarian start-up Lilium Aviation has developed an electric jet that also takes off and lands vertically, is operated with a joystick and reaches a top speed of 400 km / h. Airbus also wants to bring business people to their destination with electric jets through the air.

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