Marlyn is the latest mapping & surveying drone by Atmos UAV, which makes a great leap forward compared to others. By reliably combining helicopter flexibility and fixed-wing performance, Marlyn maps more land in less time, with the accuracy you need.

Atmos UAV’s ultimate goal is to give professionals across all industries access to the skies, enabling them to further increase their business effectiveness by gathering data in a safer and more efficient way.

With Marlyn, mapping jobs consist of four easy 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.



The minimum take-off and landing area required is only 2 x 2 meters


Marlyn’s aerodynamically optimised wing maps up to 10x faster than multirotors

Marlyn maps 1 km² in half an hour with a ground sampling distance of 3 cm


Marlyn makes accurate and controlled vertical landings



The ATMOS flight planning software allows you to easily and automatically generate the most efficient flight plan for your project. Define the boundary of the region you want to map, specify the ground resolution and overlap and you’re ready for lift-off!


Due to Marlyn’s unprecedented flexibility she can be deployed from any location by a simple push of a button – no additional accessories or actions are needed to launch and recover your drone.

During flight you will stay informed about relevant flight parameters and status information, such as position, height, battery level and image capturing progress. The in-house developed autopilot continuously monitors the flight data measured by the onboard sensors to guide Marlyn and optimise her flight.

As operator, you will remain in control with different intervention options at your disposal. Depending on the situation you can instruct Marlyn to hold position, return to home, land or take-over control manually.


After a controlled landing at the indicated landing spot, the captured data is automatically organized and 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.


Range                                            Up to 60km

Weather Limit                                    Up to 6 Beaufort & Rain Proof

GSD                                            Up to 1.5cm

Typical Take-off and Landing Area            2m x 2

        Marlyn maps 1 km² in 30 minutes with a GSD of 3 cm



With the ATMOS system every surveyor has the benefits of having an aerial platform to perform a survey. Eliminating the need for personnel on the ground, reducing downtime and improving safety for the surveyors.

The system is very easy to use and is launched by a single push of a button. The vertical take-off and landing enables the system to be deployed from a small area, regardless of surface roughness. Resulting in rapid deployment and making it possible to generate precise models within hours rather than days or weeks.

The ATMOS system enables the surveyor to map an area faster, more efficient and more accurate when compared to ground-based survey. This results in fewer man hours needed to create the accurate models, leading to a cost-effective solution

  • Digital Elevation Models
  • Boundary Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • As-Built Surveys
  • Resource Mapping
  • Site Planning
  • Progress-Monitoring


Drone technology enables you to perform a survey from above, eliminating the need for surveyors to move around in the pit, minimizing corresponding downtime and greatly improving the safety of the surveyors.

The ATMOS system can be rapidly deployed, making it possible to generate a precise 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 the ATMOS drone ensures safe landings in a small designated area, regardless of surface roughness. Operators no longer have to worry about damaging the drone during landing.

Drones are able to map an area faster and much more efficient when compared to ground-based surveys. Fewer man hours are needed to create larger and accurate data sets, resulting in reduced costs.

  • Volume calculations for stockpiles or fill material
  • Cliff and rock formations
  • Up-to-date orthophotos with a high ground resolution
  • generation of ground plans, sections and perspectives
  • Site planning
  • Contour maps
  • Slope analysis
  • Track mining equipment



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 the aerial platform with a multispectral camera creates the opportunity to visualise 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. 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 a higher operating costs and lack flexibility.

The ATMOS drone system 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 maps, in combination with i.e. Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) algorithms to provide the user with actionable insights.

  • Identify problem areas in a field
  • Refine fertilisation
  • Optimize pesticide input
  • Control crop irrigation
  • Estimate crop yield
  • Identify problem areas in a field
  • Refine fertilisation
  • Optimize pesticide input
  • Control crop irrigation
  • Estimate crop yield


Aerial images have been used in forestry 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. The ATMOS drone operates at a 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.

The system 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, wich 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 images 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.

  • Measure plant growth
  • Measure extend of vegetation and the production of biomass
  • Early detection and assessment of pest infestations
  • Determination of moisture levels
  • Determine the extend of dead wood
  • Tree crown condition
  • Analysis of water, snow, hail storm and fire damage
  • Locate and position the extend of damage caused by wildlife
  • Reforestation planning

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Marlyn - Mapping Without Limts


Southern Cross Drones recommends Atmos UAV vertical take-off and landing drone  to customers in looking to cover vast areas with surveying and agricultural applications.  For more information about Atmos UAV products, please contact us by sending message to

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