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Freefly is only 10 years old. We’ve packed a lot into that timeframe! Check out some of the highlights and lowlights from this adventure.

Freefly Timeline

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  • first First
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  • failure Failure


ALTA Pro Launches

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Freefly launches its first waypoint capable drone built on the open PX4 flight stack


MōVI Wheels

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Freefly introduces MōVI Wheels which allows MōVI operators precise control of MōVI Gimbals

360 degree majestic

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Freefly launches ‘3D Majestic’ which allows user to roll 360 degrees while maintaining full majestic control

360 degree roll

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Freefly introduces ‘Blackjack’ firmware which allows for 360 degree roll – the first in any handheld gimbal

Arc200 Launches

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Freefly Robotics introduces the Arc200, a 200 amp universal motor control

Freefly Robotics Launches

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The Freefly ecosystem grows to include a line of components for DIY vehicles and other projects

Freefly Landshark

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Freefly introduces the first 5 axis gimbal mounted on an electric bike

Movi XL Fiber Optic Gyro

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Freefly introduces the Fiber Optic Gyro upgrade for Movi XL. For the first time consumers can access the same level of performance found on gimbals 10x the price


Movi Cinema Robot

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Freefly introduces the first smartphone stabilizer designed to easily create professional content with external lenses

MōVI XL Launches

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Freefly announced the MōVI XL – built to handle the largest professional camera packages

Worlds first 5 axis handheld / drone mountable gimbal

Freefly announces the worlds first handheld / drone mountable 5-axis gimbal allowing for shots up to 240mm

Put A MōVI on it contest

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Freefly customers create the most amazing contest we have ever seen

Worlds First handheld stabilizer to interface with video game controller

FW 1.1 allows users to control the MōVI Pro with a Playstation Controller

Worlds First Gestural Control of F / I / Z

Move your hand to control Focus / Iris / or Zoom


MōVI Pro - first full filter and gain auto tune under 15 seconds

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Tuning a gimbal becomes a thing of the past


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Henning leads the crew to tow him with the ALTA 8

Freefly Anywhere contest

Our very first mash up contest


8 rotor version of the ALTA 6 for increased payload


Worlds first drone with compassless position hold

For situations where compass is unreliable we developed an algorithm which derives aircraft heading with only one GPS. Still unique today in the market!

Worlds first Multi Rotor with Sinusoidal Motor Drives

No more screeching motor drives; all you hear on ALTA is prop noise.


Worlds first top / bottom mounted camera drone


Worlds most intuitive remote camera control


Worlds smallest / lightest 3 axis lens controller


First handheld stabilizer with full cage for increased performance

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More than doubled the performance by holding the camera more rigidly

MōVI M15

Shipments of the larger MōVI M15 begin


Our first ground vehicle to carry MōVI

MōVI Certified 'Camel Compatible'

We never imagined all the ways people would use a MōVI

Worlds first 50+ ft jump by chase camera man with perfectly stable footage

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Kirk Bereska risks life and limb to create one of our all time favorite shots with Nick Schrunk and Corey K

First Flight of the RED Dragon Camera

We can now fly a fully professional camera package and create stable imagery.


MōVI Controller

Our first integrated controller for MōVI Product line. Gives users complete control over MōVI / Camera / and FIZ from 600+ feet away


Freefly announces the smaller / lighter MōVI M5

Worlds first stable long lens footage from drone

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Shots up to 85mm in this piece ignited the quest which eventually led to MōVI Carbon

Majestic Mode

Intuitive single operator control of a 3 axis handheld stabilizer

First Flight of a handheld 3 axis stabilizer in manned aircraft

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Vince strapped Tabb to the front of a helicopter and flew around NYC

MōVI M10

World first 3 axis digital Handheld Stabilizer



Freefly’s first electronic product – camera stabilization module

Cinestar 3 axis gimbal

We added a pan axis to the 2 axis gimbal to allow more complex dual operator aerial cinematography


CineStar 8 MultiRotor

Our first octocopter built to carry heavy (for the era) camera packages

Worlds first EPIC to fly on MultiRotor

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Tabb strapped on his Epic and kept it low, the flight was terrifying but showed that multi rotors had potential to carry cinema packages.

CineStar 2 axis gimbal

Our first 2 axis camera gimbal designed to fly on CineStar 6 and 8

Freefly Systems Incorporated

Shit’s getting real!

First flight of 1st CineStar 6 Prototype

This was really one of the key moments for us taking the leap to start Freefly. I took the CS6 to NAB and showed it to GoPro and Quadrocopter and they were so pumped

First Panasonic AF100 Flight on Drone

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One of the first times I actually thought our footage looked good!


CineQuad to carry Cineflex Built

Exploded on first flight!


Hugh and Tabb Meet on set of clean Break

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We didn’t get along at first, then fell in love


David and Tabb meet on RCgroups

Tabb originally bought XERA motors from David B and started talking his ear off about heavy lift industrial electric helicopter