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Atmos Introduces New Features for Marlyn Cobalt Drone

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Atmos has released an article detailing the new features of its Marlyn Cobalt fixed-wing VTOL drone, including new external safety lights, smart batteries with indicator lights, quick-swap payloads, and maintenance ports.

New External Safety Lights

Anti-collision lights are now required by a variety of regulatory bodies across the world, especially when considering BVLOS flying. This therefore made it an urgent requirement to install on Marlyn as part of the Cobalt release. Our engineers worked to install not just a set of anti-collision lights, but also designed an integrated system which would make the aircraft safer to operate even whilst on the ground.

The result is the newly integrated Smart LED lights. These take the form of Navigation lights in the wingtip fairing, and Anti-collision lights in the tail fairing, the colors of which can be customized to match your local regulations.

The lights are programmed not just to provide additional visibility in flight, but also to aid safety on the ground, when the user inserts the battery, the lights flash for X seconds to notify the user that there is now power in the drone, and when the motors are powered-on pre-flight, the lights will come on and stay on, to indicate to the user that the drone’s propellers are not safe to approach.

Atmos Marlyn Cobalt

Smart Batteries with Indicator Lights

Dealing with batteries is part and parcel of operating a drone, although dealing with the large number of batteries can be a massive headache for users, especially when trying to remember which batteries are used and unused!

Atmos’ engineers sought out to remedy this by finding a way to have the batteries organize themselves.

The result is the new smarter Atmos batteries. These still have the integrated BMS which allowed %-accurate State of Charge and State of Health readings to be taken in flight, but now also feature smart indicator lights.

By simply pressing the indicator button for one second the batteries will give an indication of the exact charge level remaining in the batteries. This allows users to easily sort between battery sets in the field, no more complex systems are needed!

Atmos batteries

Quick-Swap Payloads and payload module changes

Needing to perform a Multispectral survey rapidly followed by an RGB survey? Marlyn’s payload changes have now been made super-simple to perform in the field.

All connections are now made with a single plug-system, so the simple removal of 2 pins are all that’s required to remove the module out from the drone.

For multispectral cameras, the Downwelling Light Sensor has also been integrated into the payload module, meaning the separate attachment of this no longer needs to be part of your workflow.

RX1 cameras are capable of taking amazing images and collecting a lot of data, but they can get hot from all this hard work! That’s why the front of these new payload modules also feature integrated cooling, to allow you to operate at the highest camera performance even in warmer environments.

Maintenance ports

As the list of Marlyn users stretch further around the globe to locations like Chile, Mongolia, and Indonesia, self-maintenance becomes a must rather than a preference. To reflect this, Marlyn Cobalt has been smartly designed with easy maintenance in mind.

All of Marlyn’s critical parts are now reachable through easy-access maintenance ports, and within these hatches the internal components have been made as modular as possible, to enable easy replacement by Atmos’ reselling and maintenance partners situated all over the world.

Sony A7C

Following Sony’s ending of support for the previous low-cost RGB camera option, the R10C, the search was put out for a new top-class survey sensor that wouldn’t break the bank. The result of this is the Sony A7C.

The compact version of Sony’s A7RIII, this camera provides a 24.4MP, Full-Frame sensor, which is important when you’re talking about Drone Surveying.

Aside from Mega pixel count, sensor size is the most important thing to consider when comparing cameras. A larger frame size benefits the user by firstly taking a larger photo of the ground, allowing more area to be covered per flight even with a large difference in flight time. It also benefits the user by capturing more light for each trigger event, meaning faster flight speeds are possible due to less motion blur, again allowing more area to be covered for each flight.

Therefore with the A7C, users are able to get still market-leading technology, for around ½ the price of a Sony RX1 camera module.

sony a7c

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