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As of today, existing weather models fail to predict fog, high fog and thunderstorms properly. The reason for that is primarily that there is a massive data gap in the so called boundary layer: Currently there is barely any data available for temperature, humidity and wind in the lower atmosphere (<2km). 

As first swiss company Meteomatics developed a weather drone, the so called Meteodrone. As a flying weather station the Meteodrone collects data to close this gap. It is now the first time that extremely precise information on temperature, humidity and wind in the lower atmosphere can be recorded. 

 

 

Contact

+41 (0) 71 272 66 50
sales@meteomatics.com

Price: On Request


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Drone Types

  

Pictured are the three drone types. For those drones multiple patents have been received in the mean time.

 

 

 Meteodrone SSEMeteodroneMeteodrone XL
Number of engines644
max. payload--ca.1 kg
take-off weightca. 0,7kgca. 1,5kgca. 5 kg
Dimensions60cmx60cm70cmx70cm90cmx90cm
max. climb rate19m/s10m/s6m/s
max. wind speed75km/h60km/h40km/h
max. flight altitude* 1500m1500m3000m
max. flight duration ca. 12Min.ca. 20Min.ca. 40Min.
Measured parameters    
- Sample Rate250ms250ms250ms
- Temperature✔️✔️✔️
- Wind speed✔️

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- Wind direction✔️

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- Dew point✔️✔️✔️
- Air pressure✔️✔️✔️
Optional parameters   

- Particular matter/

Black carbon

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- Ozone--✔️
- Radioactivity-
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Waterproof (IP64)-✔️✔️
Navigation lights-✔️✔️
Position lights✔️✔️✔️
Rescue system-

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Ground station✔️✔️✔️
E-VLOS*-✔️✔️
VLOS*-✔️✔️
BVLOS*-✔️✔️

* Please consider admission standards. 

 

 

 

 

Validation Reports and Surveys

In 2013 the Meteodrone was tested the first time under real conditions. In the following years several additional measurement tests were performed to analyze the quality of the obtained data. You can find reports and studies, conducted by us, or our partners in the section Validation Reports and Surveys


 

Pictured are the results of the flights in Payerne.

BVLOS

After the CTI and FOCA acknowledged support for the Meteodrone project in November 2014, another piece of good news arrived us recently.

Thanks to the approval of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), we are now the first Swiss company who got the permission for mini UAVs to fly with multiple aircrafts at the same time beyond visual line of sight. For example, this means that our Meteodrones are approved to fly also through clouds and fog which enables us to conduct meteorological real world field campaigns.

Thus, we can now go on with our next test phase. With the data collected in the forthcoming measurement campaign we will continue the development of an improved weather model, in which fog and thunder are much more precisely predictable.         

 

 

 

  

 

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