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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 7 2015
$4,733
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
47
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 7 2015

About

  • 3.5 billion people will travel on a commercial flight in 2015.
  • Germs survive on airplane surfaces (sometimes for as long as 7 days).
  • There are no regulations or cleanliness standards for the passenger cabins of airplanes.
  • Airplane travelers are at heightened risk of catching the common cold, flu, or more serious infections from germs left behind on airplanes.
New York Times, Randy Jones, 02 March 2011
New York Times, Randy Jones, 02 March 2011

We have created an efficient and practical way for airlines to sanitize the interiors of commercial planes between passenger loads. The Germfalcon navigates the aircraft aisle, with its wings spread between the seatback tops and overhead bins. Using UV-C light, we have proven a 99.99% germ-kill rate in under 10 minutes with no damage or reaction from any cabin materials. The Germfalcon is programmed to reach the most commonly touched passenger surfaces and kill all germs that are exposed to the robot’s sanitizing lights. 

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We believe that the flying public not only values routine sanitization of airplanes, but can also play an important part in airlines adopting the Germfalcon. Airlines constantly battle to gain a competitive advantage. Recently we have seen companies introduce 165 degree seat reclines and signature on-board fragrances, but nothing for sanitation.

We think you care about this issue as much as we do. We hope this campaign will not only help crowdsource funding for our next step, but also crowdsource demand from airlines.

Our recommendation is each plane should be disinfected at least once daily. Additionally, when a passenger shows symptoms of a common cold (or Measles, Ebola, diahrrea, etc.), the Germfalcon is a simple, on-hand remedy to efficiently prepare the plane for its next passengers.

In the long run, we believe routine airplane sanitization can have a quantifiable impact on the rate germs and diseases spread around the world. 

Ultraviolet C light technology, at a wavelength of 254 nm, is used for sterilization in hospital operating rooms, food processing plants, water treatment facilities and “clean rooms”.

UV-C is invisible. It attacks bacterial and viral DNA and RNA, shutting down all germ functions. (The damaging molecular bond is known as a “Dimer”.)

UV-C is chemical-free, toxin-free and allergen-free. UV-C is safe on the surfaces of passenger airplanes.

Our validation studies of UV-C on airplane surfaces demonstrate a 99.99% germ kill rate on over 2 dozen airplane seating area sites...in under 10 minutes. 

The patented Germfalcon design optimizes UV-C light exposure to efficiently sanitize the passenger cabin of an airplane while parked and unoccupied. The automated robot spreads its UV-C laden wings across the top of the seats and travels up and down the aisle killing bacteria and viruses thriving in the passenger cabin. Strategically placed UV-C lamps efficiently expose the plane’s most commonly touched surfaces. Germfalcon does not complete “aesthetic cleanups” (i.e. pick up trash/wipe spills) so it will not displace any employee positions.

Germfalcon features include:

  • Fully programmable for all commercial aircraft layouts
  • Fully autonomous
  • Designed to fit the footprint of onboard drink carts
  • UV-C laden wings and frame
  • Variably extensible wings
  • 3 operation modes: Seating Area, Lavatory, Galley
  • Fans & Filters expose and sterilize air/dust particles
  • Multi-pronged safety approach

We’re introducing the Germfalcon project to this community of early adopters and innovators who believe in the power of crowdfunding. Unlike most Kickstarter projects, we can not give you your own unit, but your pledge will directly address a problem that undeniably effects you and probably everyone you know. 

One of the best parts of this crowdfunding opportunity is the chance to quantify in dollars how strongly a community of likely-flyers feels about airplane sanitation. 

In the last 18 months we have made great strides. And we assure you, your support is humbly received. We are committed to you, and to our vision. Your support will play a vital role in implementation of the Germfalcon across the air travel industry.

We will keep you updated on our progress with regular newsletters, videos, pictures and updates directly from our co-founders.

Crowdfunded money will be used to build our 4th generation prototype. Your support will help us pay for the advanced programming and robotics to make Germfalcon P4 autonomous. The Germfalcon P4 unit will be used for Beta testing. Our Launch Airline will sanitize commercial airplanes before passengers board, provide feedback on the functionality, ease of use, and MTBF, etc. With your support, we hope to equip an airline's entire fleet with Germfalcon units by 2015-16 Flu season. 

Please consider backing us at or above the $500 level and celebrate with us when the Germfalcon takes off!

We’re based in the Los Angeles-Orange County area with access to California’s Silicon Valley and "Silicon Beach". We have numerous resources in our backyard with expertise in UV-C technology, aeronautics, robotics and bio-medical engineering. So far, we have focused on building and testing body and wing designs. We are now in the design phase of our 4th prototype. To date, our collaborative partners have contributed their knowledge and wares and we have self-funded the operation. Now, in order to bring Germfalcon from the remote-controlled system to an autonomous system, we need your help.

Germfalcon CAD Engineering Drawing
Germfalcon CAD Engineering Drawing

The advantages to creating a fully autonomous Germfalcon are worth the effort and investment. The autonomous version will be the ideal design for the Germfalcon and meets the airlines' safety, insurance, and sanitation needs.

Germfalcon P4 will be the final design for the run of beta units, and the blueprint for our first manufacturing run. The plan is to begin building P4 immediately and begin Beta testing in Summer 2015, starting a slow rollout before Flu Season (typically begins in December.) We will learn a lot from P4, and we will tweak the design as necessary to meet the needs of our customers (airlines) and their customers (YOU).

Mo K. & Dr. K at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, 01/2014
Mo K. & Dr. K at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, 01/2014

Dr. Kreitenberg holds seven U.S. Patents, and Germfalcon is his second using Ultraviolet light. In 1991, Dr. K was a finalist in NASA’s U.S. Astronaut selection program. He is a 25-year Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor, with degrees from UCLA and UC San Diego. Dr. Kreitenberg is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association and AIAA Life Sciences Technical Committee. Dr. Kreitenberg splits his time as a practicing orthopaedic surgeon and serves as Germfalcon's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Mo Kreitenberg, Dr. Kreitenberg's son, runs day-to-day operations for Germfalcon. He has experience in management and business operations. Mo earned his degree in Business-Management and Economics.

Risks and challenges

We have a deep commitment to the dependability, durability and ease of use of the Germfalcon. As we refine the design and fully automate the robot, we will be focused on product quality and operator safety.

Although exposure to UV-C light with minimal protection is safe, the Germfalcon will be equipped with safety features to protect its operators. The light does not penetrate or reflect off glass, doors, safety equipment or plastic and it will not harm materials used on airplanes.

The Germfalcon will provide airlines the missing step that completes the airplane sanitation routine for the passenger cabin.

We are a small, dedicated team leveraging experience in academic research and applied engineering. We have begun to build a team of partners with expertise in specifics of robotics, electrical, UV-C and design engineering and manufacturing. With their help, we have overcome a number of challenges. As our company grows, we will strive to deliver the most outstanding product to benefit travelers.

Please contact us to share your thoughts, questions, or interest in joining our team.

Thank you for your kind support and consideration.

-The Germfalcon Team

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    Virtual High Five! And your name, for eternity, on the Germfalcon.com Wall of Fame. Option to Subscribe to the Germfalcon News Update directly from our CEO.

    Thanks for your support!

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    Germfalcon Hand Wipes

    Germfalcon Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipe Packets and a shoutout on Twitter from @CleanPlanes.

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    EARLY BIRD "Save Yourself" Plane Seat Sanitization Kit

    Germfalcon Drawstring bag, Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, Antibacterial Wet Wipes.

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    Germfalcon Drawstring bag, Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, Antibacterial Wet Wipes.

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    #CleanMyPlane Germ Testing Kit

    Test your next flight for GERMS! Share your results on Twitter with #CleanMyPlane and @CleanPlanes will add your test results to our #CleanMyPlane gallery on the Germfalcon website.

    Kit includes: 2 Culture Plates, "Instructions for Culturing a Surface", Germfalcon Ice Pack.

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    Invitation to the Official Germfalcon Launch Party.

    When we fill our first product order, we will host a launch party in Los Angeles, and you'll be there!

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    Launch Party VIP - You and a guest are VIPs at the Official Germfalcon Launch Party Invite!

    When we fill our first product order, we will host a launch party in Los Angeles, where you will be a VIP guest. And we'll pay for your Uber both ways inside the Greater LA area!

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    Go to an LA Angels Game with one of the Germfalcon Founders!

    See Mike Trout and Albert Pujols play this summer at The Big A in Anaheim! Sit right behind the Angels dugout and enjoy the game, conversation of your choice, and a beverage with one of Germfalcon's founding members.

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    Our MVB's Fly Clean First!

    As a reward for being one of our MVB's, and a major part of this project, you'll be on one of the very first clean flights.

    After the launch party, enjoy a one-way flight for you and a friend or your own round-trip, on the cleanest airline (TBA) in the skies!

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