FreeSkies - Taking Film Higher

Drones are becoming more and more prevalent in today's society. FreeSkies aims to simplify and autonomize the next generation of transportation, delivery, rescue, and security vehicles through software innovation and simplicity.

Game of Drones

Drones are truly exciting and revolutionary technology. They allow unprecedented mobility, unconstrained by gravity. A book rental company in Australia plans to deliver textbooks to college students via drone. A UK restaurant named Yo! Sushi uses remote-controlled drones to deliver burgers to customers tables. With all of these drones buzzing around, we're bound to run into problems.

FreeSkies to the Rescue

Companies are currently attempting to tackle this problem, but have only focused on limited GPS navigation and assisted piloting. FreeSkies offers improved user control and stability through a gesture based interface, a 10x improvement on GPS navigation, and the freedom to carry out autonomous operations in any environment.

The FreeSkies Director

Our flagship software, the FreeSkies Director, will be capable of autonomous and manual flight, automated flight paths, simple launch and landing capabilities, and flight stability, allowing directors and photographers to get the most unique shot every time, at a tenth of the cost, without the use of cranes, tracks, and dollies.


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Our Team

Jay Mulakala

Jay has a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in Business. Jay has worked on and with several start-ups in the past and has had over 8 years of start-up and business management experience. Jay is currently managing the business functions and will be working on the design of the FreeSkies Director autonomous system. In his spare time, Jay is an independent photographer and graphic designer.

Ankur Mehta

Ankur has a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has previously worked on and managed several projects concerning electric vehicles and multi-rotor aircraft. Ankur is highly passionate about aeronautics and specializes in Aerodynamics and Control Systems. At FreeSkies, Ankur is working on the development of the prototype for the Director Model autonomous system.

Andy Putch

Andy has a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a private pilot, a NASA Student Ambassador after his time at the Armstrong Flight Research center, and co-founder of a student group dedicated to building full size general aviation aircraft. He likes to liaise between the business and technical facets of FreeSkies and in his free time, Andy is a live music enthusiast and an audiophile.

Howard Yang

Howard is a freshman studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in Computer Science. He will be joining the FreeSkies team as a Jack-of-all-Trades intern, and is eager to both lend and further his experience with drones and software development. When not working, he enjoys coding and playing badminton.

What People Are Saying.

  • Autonomous algorithms are valuable in a wide variety of industries.

    UIUC Research Park
  • This is a real world problem that movie directors have.

    Joe Lee - Champaign, IL
  • It'll be interesting to see how to pick up adoption from the major Hollywood studios.

    Akash Agarwal - Champaign, IL


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