Meet the team behind Volansi’s flying robots. Each week we share stories from the team at Volansi highlighting their journey to joining the team, how they help keep our drones taking off, and some quirky fun along the way.

Alex Sjodahl

Title at Volansi: Lead Systems Architect Engineer

Joined the team: 2018

Team member #25

Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden

Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?

I moved from Sweden to the US six years ago with my wife and dog due to a career opportunity. I have a degree in Computer Science and prior to joining Volansi I worked as a Network Engineer at various IT companies.

Drones and UAVs have been a passion for me the last decade or more and have taken me around the world competing in drone racing events and also given me a wide knowledge of fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs.

In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?

I am a Systems Architect but I also spend time Experimental Flight Testing our biggest platforms. I also perform a lot of hardware integration, such as sensors and communication systems. My work and responsibilities are very diverse and gives me the freedom to lead projects and develop and test systems that may be integrated into production aircraft.

I really enjoy what I do and I’m genuinely excited to go to work everyday.

What has been your favorite project so far at Volansi?

I would say the 20 Series project as a whole since I have been with it since it started and many of my ideas have been integrated on the platform. There have also been many fun side projects to the 20 Series that I have enjoyed working on from the beginning.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Most of my free time is spent with my wife and dog, but I also very much enjoy tinkering with personal drone projects and FPV-flying.

Both me and my wife work in startups where the tempo is high so we try to enjoy our weekends to the fullest with hikes and weekend trips.

Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history? Why?

Alex “Ibcrazy” Grieves is a person not well known outside the FPV community but in the community he has been a pioneer that has revolutionized the way antennas are designed for transmitting and receiving both analog and digital video for drone use.

We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?

Surveillance, search and rescue and disaster relief are what excite me along with Disaster relief where our products could potentially be used to save life’s in the future.