This company develops aviation software so that everyone, everywhere, can have equal access to fast, reliable and affordable deliveries.
Joel Ifill believes everyone should have quick access to important assets like produce and medicine. That’s why he founded Farcast, an aircraft delivery company whose goal is to make sure everyone in the world, even in the most remote areas, has access to deliveries! Along with CEO Ben Kohlmann and CTO Filip Dziwulski, Joel is working to develop innovative technologies that will make deliveries fast, reliable and accessible!
Prior to founding Farcast, Joel worked for an aerospace company. “My first job was at Aerojet, working on precision-guided munitions, better known as smart bombs. I never really felt good about this job, but what I loved was that we had all this ability to launch and land things accurately from planes,” Joel told In The Know. “I said, ‘Can I revamp this technology, make it something peaceful and peaceful? ‘positive use?’ That’s really what inspired me to start Farcast.
Joel’s family is originally from Barbados, so he knows how difficult it can be to deliver people during natural disasters. Farcast’s goal is to make sure people have access to goods, whether they’re in the midst of a natural disaster or simply live in a remote area. “There are more than a billion people who are not connected to all-weather roads. There are about a billion people who live on islands,” says Joel. “My family is from Barbados, and every year it’s really just a roll of the dice whether or not we get hit by a hurricane, and when that happens, help and help is very slow in coming. .”
At Farcast, Joel and his team are developing systems that will allow pilots to drop packages from their planes with incredible accuracy. “What we’re trying to do is create a repeatable precision drop that’s safe and reliable,” says Joel. “Something that will land in a small field again and again.”
To do this, Farcast must develop advanced software that can guide pilots, as well as cargo handling systems that eject packages – which Joel calls “pods” – out of planes. And, of course, Farcast needs to develop pods that can hold important cargo and keep it safe. “These are the containers that basically act like a box, but on top of them they have a parachute and fins and a little flight computer to guide themselves,” says Joel.
CEO Ben Kohlmann describes Farcast’s work as a way to bring goods to what he calls “the impossible mile”. “These are places like Africa, India or Alaska where people need things, but it takes 5, 6, 7 days to get there. There is also a component of the impossible mile which is temporary. So think of places of natural disasters, think of war zones,” he told In The Know. “Being able to fly over a location allows us to get that critical infrastructure and critical supply goods to those people using a pretty unique capability.”
While Ben and Joel oversee the big picture at Farcast, Technical Director Filip Dziwulski wonders exactly how to execute Farcast’s ideas. “What I’m working on right now is thinking about our technology’s short-term and long-term architecture and strategy,” he explains. “What we could do is fly a plane on an optimized route to fly over all of these points, release these pallet-sized pods and they will all land in these distribution centers, not landing multiple times, not burning a bunch of jet fuel that takes off every time. , without paying airport fees.
In the end, Ben, Joel, and Filip all hope Farcast can eventually make delivering goods to remote areas so normal it seems boring. “The end vision is really for this to become a common technology that you see around the world,” says Joel. “That everyone has the same level of service that you would have in a big city, and what would they do if they had that kind of capability? Someday I think it should be boring because you’ll see it happening everywhere you go.
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