Seaflight Technologies is creating a network for flown cargo on coastal routes, enabled by electric, remote-piloted wingships – our unique friendly flying robots that operate at ultra-low altitude over water for maximum efficiency. This isn't drones for burritos though, unless you want literally a ton 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*
Graham Doig, founder/CEO of Seaflight Technologies, has >18 years experience across aerospace and automotive, and in academia with over 90 technical papers to his name as a Lockheed Martin-endowed professor. After his PhD on the aerodynamics of low altitude flight, he led the aero/range team at EV startup Canoo from early through SPAC, 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.
Imagine a world where literally all short distance flight is electrified, quiet, direct, and low cost. Taking advantage of cutting-edge high lift technologies that we have government funding to develop, a much broader range of applications is on the horizon as we aim to be a global leader in large capacity drones as well as a high-value developer of key tech that can be used by every company pursuing electrified flight. We aim to show it’s possible *now* to cut costs, cut emissions, cut time, and cut worries globally with electric flight that is focused on extreme efficiency, not crazy complexity.