Freefly is only 11 years old. We’ve packed a lot into that timeframe! Check out some of the highlights and lowlights from this adventure.
1st SL4 Battery ships
Movi Pro gets a battery upgrade from SL8’s new little brother.
1st Astro Map Ships
Astro + Freefly Gimbal + A7R4 = ❤️
Amplify Ships for Wave Camera
Camera division ships amplify which allows users to visually analyze vibrations using Wave realtime.
First AI enabled feature ships – AI Enhance
Camera division ships a feature to help improve the quality of our 2K footage.
Alta 6/Alta 8 EOL
Farewell Alta 6 and 8, you and your swan neck booms will always have a place in my heart.
Freefly Alta X is Selected for DIU Blue List
It’s a big, fast, capable drone and is now Blue approved.
Freefly invests in Aoleus SP
Doing some next-gen design, David B started using Aeolus for aero design/optimization. After being super impressed with the software Freefly invested.
1st SL8 Battery ship
Our first battery designed and manufactured in-house ships and we kick off our “Power Systems” Playpen.
1st Astro Ships
Our compact drone platform launches! We built a new flight controller, motor drives, and batteries for this – what a project!
Freefly Launches V2 Profit Sharing Program
Freefly decides to decentralize even further, and hire/promote CEOs for each business unit or “playpen” as we call them.
MōVI Cinema Robot EOL
Farewell baby MōVI, it was fun while it lasted.
Freefly Acquires BFD Systems
Unable to keep up with drone demand, Freefly looks to BFD to help us scale and keep our quality high
Wave LaunchPlay video
Freefly launches our first camera which shoots 4K 400FPS continuously. This brings high-quality high speed to the masses.
Freefly Acquires Keiryou Robotics
Shane is back! After creating the Wave on his own in Boston, Freefly joined the party to help bring it to market.
Freefly RTK GPS LaunchPlay video
Freefly launches Ublox F9p-based RTK positioning for increased accuracy.
BFD HQ Relocation
BFD moves from Philly to South NJ.
Fuel-injected, water-cooled, gas hybrid multirotor
BFD develops a fuel-injected, water-cooled, gas hybrid multirotor for long endurance mapping missions.
Alta X LaunchPlay video
Freefly launches Alta X which becomes the cinema and industrial heavy lift workhorse and the first quad people trust.
ALTA Pro LaunchesPlay video
Freefly launches its first waypoint capable drone built on the open PX4 flight stack.
MōVI WheelsPlay video
Freefly introduces MōVI Wheels which allows MōVI operators precise control of MōVI Gimbals.
360-degree MajesticPlay video
Freefly launches ‘3D Majestic’ which allows users to roll 360 degrees while maintaining full majestic control.
360-degree RollPlay video
Freefly introduces ‘Blackjack’ firmware which allows for 360-degree roll – the first in any handheld gimbal.
Arc200 LaunchesPlay video
Freefly Robotics introduces the Arc200, a 200 amp universal motor control.
Freefly Robotics LaunchesPlay video
The Freefly ecosystem grows to include a line of components for DIY vehicles and other projects.
Freefly LandsharkPlay video
Freefly introduces the first 5-axis gimbal mounted on an electric bike.
MōVI XL Fiber Optic GyroPlay video
Freefly introduces the Fiber Optic Gyro upgrade for MōVI XL. For the first time, consumers can access the same level of performance found on gimbals 10x the price.
MōVI Cinema RobotPlay video
Freefly introduces the first smartphone stabilizer designed to easily create professional content with external lenses.
MōVI XL LaunchesPlay video
Freefly announced the MōVI XL – built to handle the largest professional camera packages.
World's first 5-axis handheld/drone mountable gimbal
Freefly announces the world’s first handheld/drone mountable 5-axis gimbal allowing for shots up to 240mm.
Put A MōVI On It ContestPlay video
Freefly customers create the most amazing contest we have ever seen.
World's 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.
Max, Evan, and Mike start a business!
MōVI Pro - first full filter and gain auto tune under 15 secondsPlay video
Tuning a gimbal becomes a thing of the past.
Freefly Anywhere Contest
Our very first mash up contest.
8 rotor version of the ALTA 6 for increased payload.
World's first drone with compass-less position hold
For situations where the compass is unreliable, we developed an algorithm that derives aircraft heading with only one GPS. Still unique today in the market!
World's first Multi Rotor with Sinusoidal Motor Drives
No more screeching motor drives; all you hear on ALTA is prop noise.
World’s first top/bottom mounted camera drone.
World’s most intuitive remote camera control.
World’s smallest/lightest 3-axis lens controller.
Flite Fest RC Event in Ohio
Max and Evan meet Mike in Ohio.
First handheld stabilizer with full cage for increased performancePlay video
More than doubled the performance by holding the camera more rigidly.
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.
World's first 50+ ft jump by chase camera man with perfectly stable footagePlay video
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.
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.
World's first stable long lens footage from dronePlay video
Shots up to 85mm in this piece ignited the quest which eventually led to MōVI Carbon.
Intuitive single-operator control of a 3-axis handheld stabilizer.
First Flight of a handheld 3-axis stabilizer in manned aircraftPlay video
Vince strapped Tabb to the front of a helicopter and flew around NYC.
World’s 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.
World's first EPIC to fly on MultiRotorPlay video
Tabb strapped on his Epic and kept it low, the flight was terrifying but showed that multirotors had the 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.
CineQuad to carry Cineflex Built
Exploded on first flight!
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 helicopters.