Starling Cargo drone begins certification process

Source: SAMAD Aerospace

Samad Aerospace has started the certification process for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTol) Starling Cargo drone that will target the high-value cargo sector.

The remotely-controlled aircraft will be able to carry up to 50 kg of cargo, has a cruising speed of 95 mph, flight ceiling of 10,000 ft and a range of up to 135 miles.

Samad said that a number of industry sectors that need to transport high-value cargo had expressed an interest in the drone, including oil and gas corporations, gemstone mining companies, medical logistics and emergency response companies.

“The Starling Cargo aircraft can be utilised for delivering humanitarian critical cargo of desperately needed food, medicine and equipment to often remote regions of the world with underdeveloped or damaged local infrastructure,” the company said.

The aerospace firm hopes that it will begin delivering the aircraft to customers in the fourth quarter of next year.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]