FreeSkies - Who's your CoPilot?

FreeSkies envisions a world where aerial data capture is simple and accessible to everyone. We develop autonomous control software for drones, focusing on the resulting videos and photos, while automating complex functions from launch to landing.

What's Next

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.

FreeSkies to the Rescue

With all of these drones buzzing around, we're bound to run into problems, from property damage to physical injury. 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 CoPilot

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

1. Using the mobile application and the 3D map, you can frame the perfect shot visually. Simply pan around the map for the shot you would like to capture before the drone ever takes flight.

2. Once you've picked the shot, you can save the keyframe. This would store the gps coordinates, altitude, and camera angle of that shot. You never have to look at a 2d map or fly manually.

3. Once you've picked all of the shots, the application will autonomously generate and follow the 3d path, moving the drone seamlessly through those points, delivering amazing images and video!

Press


AE Students Startup Idea: Controlled Drones for Filmmaking

Three Aerospace Engineering at Illinois seniors have applied their penchant for entrepreneurship to develop FreeSkies, a startup company aimed at using drones in ... Read More

Illinois Boasts Nine in National Field of 64 for Student Startup Madness

It may be a couple of months away from determining the brackets for the March Madness basketball tournaments, but the field of 64 is now set for the 2015 Student ... Read More

For FreeSkies, the Sky is Truly the Limit

Established by students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, FreeSkies is a startup which aims to simplify and program the next generation ... Read More

FreeSkies Takes Rein of the Quadcopter

Filmmakers have turned to quadcopters as an alternative way to get high-angle shots. But they can find it difficult to guide their quadcopters precisely ... Read More


Who We Are

Jay Mulakala

Head of Business Development

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 over 8 years of start-up and business experience. Jay manages the business and financial operations, as well as the design of the FreeSkies CoPilot system. In his spare time, Jay is an independent photographer and designer.

Andy Putch

Head of Operations

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.

Ankur Mehta

Head of Technology

Ankur has a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked on, managed, and led several projects concerning electric vehicles and multi-rotor aircraft. Ankur is highly passionate about Aeronautics, specializing in Aircraft Aerodynamics and Control Systems while at the University of Illinois. At FreeSkies, Ankur is working with the developers on the technology behind the CoPilot App.

Pronob Ashwin

iOS Developer

Pronob has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has worked with several startups in the Bay Area, and has more than 10 years developing for mobile platforms including iOS and Android, most recently working with MobileIron and Kno. He has also worked on mobile projects for the US Air Force while at Lockheed Martin.

Howard Yang

Jack-of-all-Trades Intern

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.

Viral Savani

Android Developer

Viral is a graduate student from California State University Long Beach pursuing a Masters in Computer Science. He is also an avid follower of android application development and is a drone enthusiast. Viral enjoys playing third person open world PC games and learning more about recent technological advances in the areas of computer science and development.

Susan Park

UI/UX Designer

Susan has a Bachelors in Communication Design with minors in Human Computer Interaction and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked at design agencies and tech companies, and has experience in UX/UI Design. Susan's aim is to design enjoyable and effortless experiences for all users.

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Careers

FreeSkies is currently not hiring, but new positions can open up at any time. We are always looking for passionate people to join the FreeSkies team. If you have a skill that you feel would benefit FreeSkies, we would love to see what you have to offer, just shoot us an email at jobs@freeskies.org!