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Samad Aerospace proposes high-speed, long-range, hybrid VTOL jetplanes

•, By Loz Blain

A couple of miles outside Milton Keynes sits Cranfield Airport, originally built in World War 2. It's got a couple of runways, one that's big enough to land a 757-sized airliner on, but since it doesn't have the kind of terminals to process that volume of people, it's chiefly used for business and private flights and the odd bit of R&D.

Opposite the airport lies the Cranfield University Technology Park, and in that little district you'll find Conway House, a multi-occupier building providing offices, virtual offices and hotdesking services for startups. One of these startups is Samad Aerospace, which is planning a series of electric and hybrid VTOL air vehicles for the upcoming air mobility revolution.

CEO and Founder Dr. Seyed Mohseni has spent the last 10 years building a clean tech startup across the other side of town called Samad Power, which has brought in a few million pounds' worth of grant money to help with the development and build of miniature gas turbines for heat and power generation. His passion and educational background, however, are in aerospace engineering and aerospace propulsion, with an MBA and a doctorate in gas turbine technology to boot.

Samad Aerospace is an effort to bring Dr. Mohseni's two main areas of interest together. The startup has been around since 2018, and it came out of the blocks promising an "electric VTOL business jet that has the range of 1,500 miles (2,414 km)," with a top speed of 450 mph (724 km/h), five seats and room for luggage. How can it offer such an enormous range? By using a gas turbine generator acting as a range extender.