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A newly-developed lightweight mapping drone flies automatically, effortlessly and at high wind speeds. The Marlyn drone, designed for professional use, takes off and lands vertically (VTOL). Developed by a Dutch startup, Atmos UAV, the drone is a versatile platform that can serve various industries and allow the performance of detailed analyses and precise measurements with high reliability and ease of use. Payload can be customized to maximize surveying capacity.
The technology allows industry professionals around the world to map the surface 10 times faster and safer.
One of the first customers that signed up is Skeye, one of Euroep’s leading unmanned aircraft data provider. Pieter Franken, co-founder of Skeye, said: “We expect time savings of up to 50% and moreover save a huge amount of our resources and equipment.”
Marlyn can cover 1 km² in half an hour with a ground sampling distance of 3 cm, according to geospatialworld.net.
Sander Hulsman, CEO of Atmos UAV adds: “Marlyn is all about making aerial data collection safer and more efficient, allowing professional users across all industries access to the skies, enabling them to focus more on analyzing the actual information and improving their business effectiveness.”
The drone drastically improves the accuracy of results with its GPS augmentation functionality (PPK).
It is built to perform in harsh wind conditions of up to 6 Bft (45km/h or 28 mph).
The mapping process with Marlyn UAV consists of four steps: First, a flight plan is generated based on the required accuracy and the specified project area. Secondly, the drone starts its flight and data collection by a simple push of a button.
Thirdly, after Marlyn has landed at the designated spot, the captured data is automatically organised and processed by image processing software of choice. Finally, a detailed analysis can be done to provide actionable insights.