Seaflight Technologies is creating a network for flown cargo on coastal routes, enabled by autonomous wingships – our unique electrified craft that fly at ultra-low altitude over water for maximum efficiency. This isn't drones for burritos though, unless you want literally tons of burritos! We are addressing heavy payloads - the hardest stuff to fly electrically. Whether you’re in Antigua or Australia, Saipan or Sumatra, goods can take days or weeks to come by boat the cheap way. If you need pharmaceuticals, fresh produce, or electronics quickly, expect to pay 10x or 20x in shipping costs to have it flown. Electric aircraft could be a solution for lowering cost, but we’re stuck with small payloads and low range for many years to come. So for the hundreds of millions of people around the world in coastal or inter-island communities that could benefit the most, the electric aviation revolution just isn’t coming. Unless... Without requiring FAA certification or integration into formal airspace, Seaflight’s simple uncrewed "ground effect" craft will enable high value, time-sensitive cargo to be flown overwater, point-to-point between coastal communities at 10x the speed of a ship, with triple the margin of conventional air freight, and almost double the range or payload of a conventional electric aircraft. Express air cargo continues to grow at double digit pace, it's time to deliver it in the most efficient way possible for cost and climate. *You won’t find impossible machines here* 1) We have prototype early flying hardware (at 20% scale) with autopilot for sustained low altitude flight, built and developed entirely in-house. 2) We’re actively working with the Coast Guard and branches of the armed forces to be able to safely test and develop our systems and operations in controlled ways, to reduce risk - but if the US moves slowly, we have an MoU for unrestricted testing in Europe. 3) After that we’ll partner with an existing logistics operation to fly initial routes that are not heavily trafficked by ships, to build up our reliability and safety before scaling to other markets.
Graham Doig, founder/CEO of Seaflight Technologies, has >18 years experience across the aerospace and automotive industries, and in academia with over 90 technical papers to his name as a Lockheed Martin endowed professor. After his PhD in the aerodynamics of ultra-low altitude flight, he led the aerodynamics team at EV startup Canoo, and conducted funded research programs with NASA, Tesla, and Joby Aviation. He designed 2 solar-electric vehicles which set international land speed records.
After graduating from Cal Poly SLO with an Aerospace Engineering degree, I spent four years on airframe design and production at General Atomics Aeronautical. We brought the world's first UAS certifiable for civil airspace flight into rate production. However, I'd always desired to do something more - in 2020 I co-founded Rebel Research with Dr. Graham Doig to develop environmental technologies. In 2021, Graham and I founded Seaflight to enable electric air cargo with wingships.