Norman David Richard Wijker joins on board the aerospace tech start-up as Head of Engineering Research & Development to lead and spur the R&D growth as the Starling Fleet starts to fly. With former 30 years of experience including with Airbus and Boeing, Norman is geared with solid grounding in aerospace structures and backed up by experience in future projects, landing gear design and aircraft integration.
Dr. Seyed Mohseni, SAMAD Aerospace CEO said: “I am thrilled that Norman is joining our exciting team as he shares our vision in revolutionising the way humans and goods fly around the world. Norman’s vast experience in Airbus and Boeing will be invaluable as we aim to have our first flight in place in 2019. In his position as the Head of Engineering R&D at SAMAD, Norman will play a vital role in the R&D department, to ensure the company is fully optimised and the Starling aircraft would be ready for commercialisation.”
Norman Wijker said: "I am very excited to be joining Samad Aerospace. The kind of radical innovation that the Starling Jet represents is exactly why I started a career in aerospace. This is certain to be an adventure!"
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Samad Aerospace CEO, Dr. Seyed Mohseni will be presenting as an invited speaker for the "Emerging Market for Electric Vehicles" session. The talk will evolve around the latest Starling Fleet project which consists of the following: an unmanned version of the Starling design but at 20% scale of the passenger models (UAV Starling), an all-electric VTOL aircraft which will have a maximum payload of 6 people (1 pilot plus 5 passengers) and a range of 300-400 miles depending on payload (e-Starling), and a long range passenger VTOL aircraft with hybrid-electric jet propulsion (Starling Jet). It will have the same design as e-Starling but incorporates both diesel and electric jet motors instead.
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Samad Aerospace is developing an electric VTOL business jet that has the range of 1500 miles and can carry 5 people (and a further 80 kg of baggage) with one person being the pilot. The Starling Jet has the speed of 450 miles per hour and is going to be developed with fly-by -wire and full autonomous capability. Less than 20 hours of training would be enough to fly the Starling Jet. The aircraft is capable to take-off and land from an area as small as a helipad.
The Starling Jet is designed to have the high power-to-weight ratio electric fans similar to that of gas turbine engines. In addition, it features the power electronics and battery technology that can operate at a very low temperature and extreme environment of 30,000 ft altitude. The company is taking advantage of current developments in battery and power electronics and low cost gas turbine engine for charging the batteries at cruise.