May 26, 2017 @ 21:22 |
TU Delft spin-off Atmos UAV presented Marlyn, a hybrid mapping drone that combines the flexibility of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. This device can rapidly map large areas of ground for companies working in such fields as fields construction, mining, agriculture and forestry.
Marlyn flies using wings as well as propellers. This allows it to ascend vertically, meaning that it can land at (and take off from) inaccessible locations. When flying horizontally, the aircraft can reach high speeds, enabling project locations to be surveyed up to ten times faster. Marlyn has a range of approximately 60 km. The hybrid technology also allows the aircraft to fly in strong winds.
Atmos UAV developed out of a Bachelor’s degree programme project within the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering The assignment involved designing an Unmanned Aerial System that was capable of competing in the UAVForge Challenge. This international competition features strict design requirements, such as that the aircraft should be able to ascend vertically, cover a certain distance and complete on-location observations, all within a limited time frame. The team researched unmanned helicopters and planes, ultimately settling on a combination of the two that allowed them to benefit from the advantages inherent in both types of aircraft.
Drone company Atmos UAV launches Marlyn, a lightweight drone which flies automatically, effortlessly and at high wind speeds. One of the first customers that signed up is Skeye, Europe’s leading unmanned aircraft data provider. This brand new technology allows industry professionals around the world to map the surface 10 times faster and guarantees no more drone crashes.
“With her unique properties, Marlyn allows us to tackle even our most challenging jobs,” says Pieter Franken, co-founder of Skeye, one of Europe’s leading unmanned aircraft data providers. He continues: “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.
“We are very excited to work together with Skeye and to have the opportunity to implement their operational expertise in this promising project.” 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.”
Mapping Made Easy
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 organized and processed by image processing software of choice. Finally, a detailed analysis can be done to provide actionable insights.
- Keywords: Mapping Drone, Spin-Off Atmos ,helicopter,UAV, unmanned aircraft, Drone.
- Source: Delft University of Technology
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