Atmos Expands Payload Options and Integrates Sony A7r Series

Will increase surveying capacity

Valkenburg, January 17th, 2023. Atmos, the Dutch drone manufacturer that develops high-end VTOL fixed-wing drones (Marlyn Cobalt) for surveying and mapping applications, integrates the Sony α7R mark III and IV cameras, and increases the coverage and accuracy achieved in a single flight.

Marlyn Cobalt Survey Drone With Sony A7r4 2

Marlyn Cobalt drone equipped with Sony a7R sensor.

“Sony is a well-known industry-leading brand when it comes to drone surveying payloads” said Joost Bouman, Head of Production and Founding Partner at Atmos. “We have been working with Sony since 2016, and the combination of great price-value ratio with high quality sensors, is one of the reasons we are so happy with this long-lasting relationship. Their responsiveness and the continuous support we have with regards to the development and integration of new cameras, have been very valuable to us.” he concluded.

Both cameras have an ISO of 32000 (expandable to 102400) and camera sensors with high mega pixel count (42,4MP for the α7R ΙΙΙ, and 61MP for the α7R IV respectively) which when combined with Zeiss’ 35mm (α7R III) and 21mm (α7R IV) lenses will enable drone surveyors to achieve GSD (Ground Sample Distance) levels below one centimeter. The integration of these two new cameras will provide users of Marlyn Cobalt, Atmos’ leading drone, with increased coverage and accuracy, allowing them to map an area of 210 hectares (an area equal to almost 300 football fields) with centimeter-level accuracy in a single flight. “When it comes to land and construction surveying applications, we see that Sony cameras are always the number one choice for professional users,” said Vasilis Tziampiris, Marketing Lead at Atmos. “We are excited to increase our users’ capacity and further improve their results in the field!” he added.

Yasuo Baba, Director, Digital Imaging and European Product Marketing, Sony Digital Imaging Europe added: “Every time we launch an updated version of our SDK (Software Development Kit), we see the applications multiply and aerial footage is a particularly exciting area. We are very proud to be working in close collaboration with Atmos, bring the best of our camera technology to their drones and delivering unparalleled image quality for their users.”

About Marlyn Cobalt Survey Drone

Marlyn Cobalt is the first fully autonomous hybrid (VTOL & Fixed wing) drone for mapping and surveying applications. With its patented design that combines the best of both worlds, Marlyn can take-off vertically from anywhere, and map fast and efficiently producing high quality outputs for professional users. It is the only drone in its class that is built to perform even in harsh and windy conditions, while its easily swappable payloads provide operators with unprecedented flexibility.

About Atmos

Founded in 2013, Atmos is a Leiden (NL) based scale-up company specialised in the design and production of high-end aerial surveying and data collection drones that enable professionals to effortlessly gather geospatial data from the sky, enabling them to make more informed decisions. The flagship drone model Marlyn has a worldwide unique design that combines the high performance of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft with the flexibility of helicopters. With their patented technology the company targets mapping, construction, mining, agriculture, environmental and related applications. To facilitate the fast growth of the company, Atmos is currently attracting new talent to expand the team and scale-up the production.

Location: Hangaargebied, Marinevliegkamp 356, 2236 ZZ Valkenburg, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 15 744 0321

About Sony

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