Gyro Stabilization Mounts


Key Features

Airborne Mounts

  • Highest Stabilization Accuracy

    SOMAG Airborne Mounts reduce the existing movements at the sensor on average by factor 50
  • Highest Compatibility on the Market

    with existing airborne sensor systems
  • Passive Vibration Isolation Ring

    decoupling of high frequency vibrations (>15 Hz)
  • Compatible with most popular Inertial Measurement Units and Flight Management Systems

    remotely controlled operation via FMS / enhanced stabilization performance trough IMU data input
  • Small form factor with maximum performance

    all Mounts are optimized in terms of dimensions and weight
  • Mount Control App

    for easy initial setup, diagnosis and feature setting

Product Line-up for Airborne Applications

The airborne product portfolio comprises three different Gyro Stabilization Mounts for large format, multiple medium format and single medium format sensors. All aerial camera stabilizers are designed for operation inside airplanes, helicopters or UAVs. Our products are unique as they are not limited to any particular hardware, because we want you to be as flexible as possible when choosing a camera or scanner for your projects. Our equipment can be combined with a variety of cameras systems, LiDARs and hyper- and multispectral cameras. Our Airborne Mounts are the industry standard and perfectly matching in shape and size to the sensors of leading manufacturers.

GSM 4000

Gyro Stabilization Mount

Aerial Camera Stabilizer GSM 4000

GSM 4000

DSM 400

Dynamic Stabilization Mount

Gyro Stabilization Mount DSM 400

DSM 400

CSM 40

Compact Stabilization Mount

Gyro Stabilized Mount CSM 40

CSM 40

GSM 4000 DSM 400 CSM 40
Angular Stabilization RangesPitch – at 0° Roll:
Roll – at 0° Pitch:
Yaw (Drift):
Usable DiameterØ410 mm | Ø16.1 inØ270 mm | Ø10.6 inØ130 mm | Ø5.1 in
Payload110…120 kg | 22…264.6 lbs5…35 kg | 11…77.2 lbs0…15 kg | 0…33.1 lbs
Mass29 kg | 63.9 lbs14 kg | 30.9 lbs5.2 kg | 11.5 lbs
(Regular Leveling Positions)
Average Height2:
615 mm | 24.2 in
530 mm | 20.9 in
175 mm | 6.9 in
460 mm | 18.1 in
430 mm | 16.9 in
165 mm | 6.5 in
290 mm | 11.4 in
275 mm | 10.8 in
121mm | 4.8 in
Preliminary data, subject to change

1 Minimum payload is based on usage of Passive Vibration Isolation Ring
2 Minimum/Maximum height – see technical specification on product pages
Benefits of

Airborne Gyro Mounts

Pitch, roll and yaw angles present a constant challenge for aerial photography, geospatial data acquisition and surveillance. The solution – Gyro Stabilization Mounts, which drastically reduce the movements of airborne sensor systems. The three axes gimbals compensate arbitrary vehicle movements in all three axes. Our leading edge technology allows a high resolution image quality and more flying time at lower costs. Take control of the vibrations and movements of the aircraft and benefit from high quality aerial imagery.

Without Stabilization

  • Potential source of error: lack of adjacent overlap could missing data
  • Large overlaps to avoid missing data costs time and money, which results in an inefficient workflow
  • Acquisition of blurred images causes more post-processing issues
  • Ranging errors for LiDARs because of aircraft pitch movement

With Stabilization

  • Turbulences are stabilized & risk of data gaps is highly reduced
  • Overlaps can be reduced to 10 % or even less for an economical data acquisition process
  • Tremendous saving of time and money
  • Angular motion compensation prevents image smearing
  • Pitch compensation increases ranging accuracy of LiDARs
Data Comparison

Aerial imagery

Left: Without stabilization | Right: With stabilization
Left: Without stabilization | Right: With stabilization
Technical Benefits of Airborne Gyro Mounts for

Lidar Systems

  • Very homogeneous point distribution for LiDAR systems even at very high scan rates (e. g. 300 kHz)
  • Regularly sampled and aligned data collection
  • Improved collection efficiency (coverage)
  • Predictable LiDAR point distribution (Pitch variability in x-axis)
  • Operation in a wide range
  • Fully automated operation
  • Automatic drift setting and initialising
  • Decoupling of high frequency vibrations (>15 Hz) because of Passive Vibration Isolation Ring
  • No pixel mixing under strong vibrations for Hyperspectral Scanners
  • Output of gimbal data at high data rates
  • SOMAG App for easy initial setup and diagnosis
  • Angular motion compensation
  • Remotely controlled operation via FMS
  • Adaptable to sensor weight from 0 to 120 kg
  • Large reduction of vehicle vibrations
Left: Without stabilization (data gaps) | Right: With stabilization (homogenous point distribution)
Left: Without stabilization (distorted borders) | Right: With stabilization (straight borders)
SOMAG Airborne Mounts

Stabilization Accuracy (Roll Axis)

Stabilization Accuracy Aerial Gyro Stabilization Mounts


For precise airborne surveying and blur-free images taken from above, they have become indispensable and an established part of the overall equipment: Gyro Stabilization Mounts. Installed into the fuselage of aircrafts, they compensate for its roll, pitch and yaw movements to keep the sensor in a leveled position. Would you like to see how SOMAG customers benefit from their Mounts? We have compiled a series of application examples for you that show the diversity of application scenarios for our devices.

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