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The UK’s Samad Aerospace is making progress with half-scale prototypes of its E-Starling eVTOL aircraft and has now started taking pre-orders for a smaller cargo drone using a similar design and semi-vectored thrust propulsion system.

The company released a video showing takeoff, controlled hover, and landing.

This prototype is big enough to seat a pilot, although it’s unlikely that anyone was in it when it flew; tests are typically undertaken without the additional weight and risk of a pilot, according to newatlas.com.

The Starling Cargo will cruise at 95 mph (153 km/h), at altitudes up to 10,000 feet. It’ll fly up to 135 miles (217 km) on a charge, and carry decent-sized payloads up to 50 kg (110 lb). Deliveries are slated to begin in 2022.

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