USAMAH ABD LATIF
Flight Test Engineer
Usamah is a versatile engineer with wide professional experience in the aerospace industry, specifically in design, manufacturing, integration, modification and testing of unmanned aircraft. Equipped with an MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University, he is very familiar with the design and operation of all type of drones and unmanned aircraft, be it a fixed wing, helicopter, multirotor or hybrid fixed-wing VTOL platform. He has extensive experience, knowledge and technical skills in initial aircraft design, CAD modelling, FEA simulation and analysis, system integration and modification, risk-based assessment for experimental flight test, commercial flight operations, flight data log analysis and reporting for drones and unmanned aircraft.
Amir Edalatian, has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and management of multinational corporations with a successful track record of taking companies from birth to growth stage and maturity. His background encompasses management and leadership of corporations with capital intensity such as heavy industries, logistics and technology companies. He has also been acting as a financial and strategy consultant to multinational corporations.
PROF. JOHN FIELDING
Chief Design Advisor
Professor John Fielding had 12 years industrial experience as apprentice, stress engineer and design engineer in Manchester working on the Nimrod, BAE 748 and BAE 146 aircraft. He then joined Cranfield University as the first ARB Research Fellow and subsequently became lecturer, senior lecturer, Professor of Aircraft Design and Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He was also Chief Engineer of the BAE Systems/EPSRC–sponsored DEMON technology demonstrator UAV. He is Professor Emeritus at Cranfield University where he teaches, supervises Post-Graduate students, and carries out research.
PROF. IAIN GRAY
Chief Strategic Adviser
Professor Gray has strong industry background having spent nearly 30 years in the Aerospace Manufacturing/Engineering sector ultimately leading Airbus in the UK. He Led the UK Government Innovation agenda as Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, responsible for £0.5bn annual budget and interacting with approx 5000 businesses large and small across all sectors. He also occupies board member and non exec roles of various bodies including Universities, third sector and Engineering professional bodies. Professor Gray has a recognised leadership role often providing opinion and keynote speeches across the Engineering and innovation landscape. Moreover, he is currently Professor and Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University.
Aircraft Design & Certification Advisor
Graduated from Manchester Polytechnic (now the Metropolitan University of Manchester) in the UK in 1992. He worked as a stress engineer on multiple civil and military aircraft projects in the UK including multiple versions of the BAe Hawk, T45 Goshawk, Nimrod MR4, the Bombardier CRJ Aircraft and the Saab Gripen. Richard and family moved between San Antonio, Texas, USA (Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation, SJ30 business jet), Gossellies, Belgium (Sonaca SA, Dassault F7X program) and London, Ontario Canada (Diamond Aircraft D-Jet Program). Since 2008, through Abbott Aerospace, Richard Abbott has contributed to many aircraft projects at startup companies and established OEMs.
Sales and Marketing Executive
Shayan is a passionate entrepreneur with 10 years experience in the sales and marketing of luxury goods across different parts of the world. With an undergraduate degree in Business Management and currently studying Business Enterprise at the University of Buckingham, he maintains an exceptional understanding of business, both practically and academically.
Arshia is a talented accountant with a wide range of skills in finance and account management. He started his internship in the finance department of Samad Power in 2019 and after showing great improvement was soon promoted to Accounting Executive in Samad Power and Samad Aerospace. Moreover, he is currently completing his Finance Studies degree at the University of Northampton, which provides him with more experience, both practically and academically.
PA to Executive Team
Elizabeth graduated from The University of Manchester in Linguistics and Spanish, Elizabeth is an ambitious linguist excelling in communication. Her extensive understanding and application of language have landed her important positions in Exon Mobil and later in teaching. Being fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic have enabled Elizabeth to work internationally, throughout Europe and the Middle East; in both professional and voluntary roles, gaining her valuable insights into culture and global business.
Combining both her impressive communication skills and strong organisational ability, Elizabeth currently works as PA to the executive team at Samad Aerospace; managing dairies, devising and maintaining office systems and supervising document creation.
Our Business Opportunity
Technology driven for an engineered future
S1D & S2D.
- S1D. The first flying prototype of the e-Starling has been developed, to prove the SAMAD Aerospace concept. It has been named the S1 and is a 10% scaled fully electric and remotely piloted aircraft. It was showcased in EBACE 2018 in Geneva.
- S2D. Fully electric and remotely piloted aircraft. It was showcased in EBACE 2018 in Geneva.
S1P & S2P.
- S1P. In order to get a better idea of control mechanisms and the performance of larger fan propellers S1P is designed. It has been named the S1 and is a 10% scaled fully electric and remotely piloted aircraft. It was tested successfully in 2019.
- S2P. After a successful experience with the S1 SAMAD Aerospace (SAL) progressed to a larger prototype with a wingspan of 20% size the e-Starling, the S2. This aircraft was also fully electrically powered and remotely piloted and was used to demonstrate a more scalable prototype. The S1P uses contrarotating propellers to generate lift, instead of high RPM electric ducted fans (EDF) of the S2P.
- S5U. 50%-scale prototypes of the e-Starling The first milestone of this phase was the delivery of an unmanned version (S5U). It has a wing- span of approximately 8 meters. The S5U prototype is expected to undergo flight tests in Sept 2020.
- S5M. The same as S5U, it has a wing- span of approximately 8 meters. This aircraft will be tested to give the confidence to the SAL team to move towards the second milestone, which is flight of a manned version of the 50%-scale prototype of the e-Starling (S5M).
- e-Starling. 5-Seater hybrid electric powered passenger aircraft with full VTOL capability. Cruising speed will be 300 Mph and a range up to 400 miles, depending on the payload.