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 and Quad-copters are becoming more and more prevalent in the public space whether we're ready or not. 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. Dominoes is testing pizza delivery by drone. With all of these drones buzzing around, we're bound to run into problems.

What does the red button do?

While drones become more prevalent, injuries and damage are imminent. Not only do drones take skill to control, but they have the ability to damage property, injury bystanders, and cause collisions when in amateur hands. Causes for concern include safety, security, both personal and private.

FreeSkies to the rescue!

FreeSkies aims to simplify the process by developing a hybrid quadcopter, the Director, allowing the user complete control, while automating complex functions during flight from path management to launch and landing. By developing smart drones, we will not only be able to use them to their full potential, but address concerns that keep the technology at bay.

The FreeSkies Director

Our flagship drone, 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 without using heavy, expensive cranes or gimbals, something current products just fail to achieve.

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Our Team

Jay Mulakala

Jay is currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering 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 is currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. 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. In addition to work and school, Ankur is an avid basketball fan and musician, following the Rockets and Lakers of the NBA and playing the Trombone and Tabla.

Andy Putch

Andy is finishing his senior year of Aerospace Engineering at 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.


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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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