REGENT, the pioneer in electric seaglider manufacturing and a Gazitua and Ishoof client, has been making waves. Last week, they unveiled the full-scale mock-up of its seaglider prototype. They also announced plans to expand its global headquarters to include up to 600,000 square feet of new manufacturing and test facilities to begin fulfilling $8 billion in commercial orders by mid-decade. This unveiling comes on the heels of their recent announcement of a strategic investment from defense Goliath Lockheed Martin Ventures.
Revolutionary REGENT Seaglider
REGENT Seagliders combine an airplane's speed with a boat's low operating cost. They are all-electric, zero-emission vehicles. Seagliders are uniquely suited to fill a need within the Department of Defense. With their low-cost, low-signature, and runway-independent design, they can carry passengers, cargo, or both.
Seagliders also have civilian applications, like logistics resupply, cargo transport, and search and rescue operations. Regent expects its first commercial Viceroy seagliders, their 12-passenger version, to start operations by mid-decade, with Southern Airways/Mokulele Airlines receiving the first commercial passenger seagliders.
“This mock-up along with the announcement of our plans to build new state-of-the-art facilities showcases our growth trajectory and our commitment to begin production as soon as possible. Our studies, based on publicly validated data, show that our seagliders serve an $11 billion market that we project to swell to as much as $25 billion as battery technology advances. The $8 billion in orders our company has already received from a variety of companies around the world reflect the need for fast, reliable, and sustainable maritime transportation.” -Billy Thalheimer, co-founder and CEO of REGENT
Lockheed Martin Venture Investment and Support
Lockheed Martin Ventures, the venture arm of defense juggernaut Lockheed Martin, believes the investment, designed to expedite the seagliders' development, reflects their commitment to innovating tech to adapt to customers’ needs.
"We see defense strategy evolving toward an island-hopping force featuring agile, affordable, and distributed craft. This investment is a strong signal that seagliders can fill this immediate need in the high-priority missions faced by our Department of Defense. Lockheed Martin’s expertise and resources will be invaluable as we work together to adapt seagliders for defense use cases that are critically important to national security.” -Billy Thalheimer, co-founder and CEO of REGENT
The investment from Lockheed Martin Ventures enables not only the construction of the recently announced manufacturing and testing facilities but also access to Lockheed’s world-class engineering talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and research.
REGENT is leading the way in sustainable maritime transportation. Using cutting-edge technology and innovative design, REGENT has created a new category of fast, efficient, and emission-free vehicles. REGENT’s seagliders combine an airplane's speed with a boat's maneuverability and travel exclusively over water between ports while utilizing existing dock infrastructure. Seagliders can be seamlessly integrated into any fleet, and REGENT has already obtained $8 billion in orders from major airlines and leading ferry operators on five continents.
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