Atmos UAV - Marlyn
Marlyn is an industrial grade photogrammetry drone that makes the surveying process easy, efficient and straight forward. As a VTOL mapping and surveying drone, Marlyn takes away the hassle and risks that come with the take-off and landing of conventional fixed-wing drones, without compromising the unprecedented performance of an aerodynamically optimized wing.
Our engineers have put great care in the integration of different cameras with our end goal in mind: allowing professionals across all industries to perform drone surveys that offer detailed analyses and precise measurements with high reliability and ease of use.
This is also reflected in our flight planning and control software, Navigator, that makes planning and controlling the drone straight forward and intuitive.
Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)
All you need is a 2×2 m space
Efficient and faster mapping
50 minutes per flight
High wind resistance up to 12.5 m/s
No more lost days due to wind conditions
Smart dual battery system
Redundancy and peace of mind
Fully autonomous flights
In-house developed autopilot
Post Processed Kinematics (PPK)
1 cm absolute accuracy without ground control points (GCPs)
We want our customers to be flying as much as possible, even in the most challenging weather conditions. That's why Marlyn is the only hybrid (fixed-wing & VTOL) drone in its class capable of handling wind speeds up to 6 Bft (45 km/h) during take-off, landing and cruise. In our design we have chosen for a transition of the whole body of Marlyn instead of transitioning each of the engines separately or carrying extra engines for different flight regimes. The advantage of this is that it limits the mechanical complexity, maximizes reliability and minimizes maintenance requirements.
As a result, Marlyn is equipped with only four small electric motors for propulsion, which need far less maintenance compared to gasoline alternatives. In the forward flight mode, two of the motors are even deactivated to save more power.
The drone is fully electric and is powered by our in-house developed smart dual battery system, which means that two batteries can be placed in the drone to provide for redundancy: the one functions as a failsafe for the other and vice versa. Moreover, each battery is equipped with a battery management system that closely monitors the state of charge of the battery to know exactly how much flight time is left. Know where you stand and fly with peace of mind.
In order to fulfil the needs of professionals across all industries, we designed Marlyn to be versatile. To that end, depending on your industry and project requirements, you can choose the preferred (swappable) payload that maximizes your surveying capacity for your drone surveys. After rigorous testing of multiple sensors and through our partnerships with Sony and MicaSense, we are able to offer you the best cameras in the industry so that you effortlessly gather geospatial data and make better-informed decisions. Interested in thermal imagery? Leave us a quotation request with your preferred thermal sensor.
RGB Sony A7C
A brand-new RGB surveying sensor with big capabilities and a small price tag! Equipped with Sony's 24MPx Full-Frame Sensor, this package will provide images as sharp as 1.7cm GSD without breaking the bank.
The best drone survey camera on the market today, with a 42 Megapixel Full-Frame Sensor capable of producing crystal-clear images down to 0.85cm GSD.
The best solution for multispectral imagery. Generate plant health indexes and RGB images in a single flight!
Radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands for advanced thermal, multispectral and high-resolution imagery in one flight.
Marlyn captures geo-referenced aerial images with resolutions down to 1 cm (0.4 in), which are transformed into point clouds with millions of data points for each single flight. Even more time can be saved by using the survey grade Marlyn equipped with Post Processed Kinematics (PPK). This version comes with an integrated high end GNSS receiver which allow to apply GPS data corrections by using data from a base station or VRS to achieve centimeter-level absolute X, Y, Z accuracy. The advantage of PPK compared to Real Time Kinematics (RTK) is that it does not need a live communication link that always has a chance of being disconnected or unstable. With the higher accuracy of PPK, fewer to no ground control points are needed to adequately georeference your survey, further reducing time in the field.
Projects abroad? No problem! Just take your backpack in the flight case.
Marlyn's dedicated transportation backpack.
Septentrio PPK module
Gain high precision and efficiency, and optimize your workflow.
Septentrio base station
Combine ease-of-use, multi-frequency, and quad-constellation RTK for successful surveys.
To transform the data gathered during the flight into insightful outputs, such as orthophotos, digital elevation and/or surface models, the geo-tagged images captured by Marlyn can be analyzed with your preferred post-processing software (e.g., Pix4D Mapper, Agisoft Metashape). Atmos UAV, as an official reseller, can also provide you with a complete Marlyn bundle with a post-processing software included.
MarLynk, the flight planning & control software
We want to give professionals across all industries access to data gathered from the skies, by making the data gathering process as easy as possible. With this vision in mind, we have fully automated the flight and we are offering an accompanying software suite, MarLynk, that makes it easy and user-friendly to plan and control a project.
Easy & intuitive software
MarLynk is specifically built for drone surveying projects: planning missions is intuitive and key surveying parameters can be changed at a glance
A solid pre-flight checklist helps to maximize flight safety and success of your mapping flights
Allows flight to be automated from take-off to landing. An assisted take-off or landing is also possible if preferred
The MarLynk planning software allows you to easily and intuitively generate the most efficient flight plan for your drone survey project. Define the boundary of the region you want to map, specify the ground resolution and overlap and you’re ready for lift-off!
Take Marlyn out of her protective travel case, attach the two wings and place her on the ground. Our brief and smart checklist guides you through the final steps, ensures flight safety and even makes sure you don’t forget to take off the lid from the lens! With a simple push of a button Marlyn takes off vertically like a helicopter. No need to hand launch the drone or carry a bulky catapult to the project site! After the take-off, Marlyn performs the transition in mid-air and starts gathering the desired images, all completely automatically. Our in-house developed autopilot continuously monitors flight data using the on-board sensor suite and guides Marlyn along the predefined flight plan. During flight you will stay up-to-date with flight info, such as position, altitude, battery state-of-charge and image capturing progress. As operator, you’ll remain in control and abort the automatic flight mode at any time to hold position, return to home, land or fly further manually.
After the controlled and automatic landing at the indicated landing spot, the images and positional data is automatically organized, resulting in geo-tagged images that can be imported into your preferred image processing software. This post processing software transforms the data captured by Marlyn into an orthophoto, digital surface model, point cloud or other output that is compatible with a wide range of industry software suites.
The generated (3D) models can now be used to provide actionable insights by measuring distances, performing volumetric analyses, taking cross-sections and more.
1. Marlyn Specification Sheet [PDF]
2. Battery System Specification Sheet [PDF]
3. RGB Camera Specification Sheet [PDF]
4. Multispectral Camera Specification Sheet [PDF]
5. PPK Specification Sheet [PDF]
In order to fulfill the needs of professionals across all industries, we designed Marlyn to be versatile. To that end, depending on your industry and project requirements, you can choose the preferred payload that maximizes your surveying capacity.
Land / Construction
- Monitor Site Development Progress
- Perform Boundary & Topographic Surveys
- Measure Distances And Volumes
- Build Digital Elevation Models & Countour Maps
With her unique flying capabilities, Marlyn improves operational efficiency, reduces downtime, and improves safety for surveyors and their equipment. Due to her vertical take-off and landing, you don’t have to worry about the potential damage of belly landings typical for conventional fixed wings and don’t have to spend valuable time searching for a suitable landing zone. Marlyn will transform the way you collect geospatial data and will allow you to map even the most challenging surveying job.
Marlyn captures geo-referenced aerial images with resolutions down to less than 1 cm (0.4 in), which are transformed into point clouds with millions of data points for each single flight. Even more time can be saved by using the survey grade Marlyn equipped with PPK (Post processed kinematics), which enables you to achieve absolute X, Y, Z accuracies down to 1 cm (0.4 in), with fewer to no Ground Control Points needed.
- Keep Track Of Mining Equipment
- Site Planning
- Contour Maps
- Rock Formations & Slope Analysis
Marlyn, as a VTOL drone, enables you to perform a survey from above, eliminating the need for surveyors to move around in the pit, minimizing the corresponding downtime and greatly improving the safety of the surveyors.
Marlyn can be rapidly deployed, making it possible to generate a precise (3D) model within hours rather than days or weeks using traditional surveying techniques. The system is launched with the push of a button, making it very easy to generate the data. In addition, the vertical take-off and landing capability of Marlyn ensures safe landings in a small designated area, regardless of surface roughness. Operators no longer have to worry about damaging the drone during landing.
Marlyn can provide 3D maps and visualizations of an area faster and much more efficient when compared to ground-based surveys. Fewer man hours are needed to create larger and more accurate data sets, resulting in reduced costs.
Environment / Forestry
- Detection Of Pest Infestations
- Quantify Moisture Levels & Tree Crown Condition
- Analysis Of Wildlife Damage
- Reforestation Planning
Aerial images have been used in environmental monitoring for decades to perform a variety of tasks. Using drones to capture image data enables operations to be planned with flexibility and on short notice compared to manned aviation, ensuring that imagery is quickly available. Marlyn operates at low flight altitudes below the clouds so you always get the clearest images possible. Moreover, the quiet and energy-efficient electric motors are not only environment-friendly but also reduce the impact of noise on humans and animals.
Marlyn is controlled from the ground by a laptop and is able to take-off and land vertically like a helicopter, making it possible to deploy from densely vegetated areas. Equipped with a high-resolution camera and a built-in GPS the digital images captured by the system are automatically geo-referenced, which means that they are precisely aligned with existing geographical coordinates. This enables the creation of 3D models and/or orthophotos of the mapped area.
The combination of infrared aerial and NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) photos produces images that can be used to measure intrinsic tree characteristics related to plant health, growth and biomass.
- Identify Problem Areas
- Optimize Fertilization & Irrigation
- Minimize Pesticide Usage
- Estimate & Increase Crop Yield
Capturing images from the sky results in the ability to cover a large area in a short time period. Multispectral cameras can detect light reflectance in the visible and invisible spectrum that can be used to determine the plant stress on an individual level. Combining Marlyn with a multispectral camera creates the opportunity to visualize the crop health from a large terrain.
Already drones are becoming the preferred aerial-support platform for farmers. Drones have a very high level of flexibility, can be deployed rapidly, have a superior resolution and are not susceptible to cloud cover. Mapping and surveying drones, therefore, have a clear advantage over satellite imagery and manned aircraft surveys. To be more specific, a satellite is limited in spatial resolution, has slow image acquisition and is susceptible to cloud cover. Manned aircraft have higher operating costs and lack flexibility.
Marlyn is fully automated. With a simple push of a button the drone lifts off and starts mapping the crops. After the flight, the drone will land again vertically at the same spot it was launched. The captured data is post-processed into (3D) maps, in combination with i.e. Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) algorithms to provide the user with actionable insights.