Meteodrones & MeteoBase


Meteodrones & MeteoBase


Understanding local weather impacts wherever you are

Existing weather models are struggeling to accurately predict local weather phenomena such as fog, strong winds and thunderstorms. This is primarily due to the limited amount of data available in the lowest layers of the atmosphere. Therefore, information about temperature, humidity and wind in the lower atmosphere is sparse. This is the reason why Meteomatics has focused on closing that data gap by gathering data within these layers by using Meteodrones in order to improve weather forecasting and revolutionize the world of weather data.

Meteodrones - the mobile weather stations of the future

An important step towards more accurate 24-hour forecasts are the own in-house designed, developed, manufactured and patented Meteodrones by Meteomatics. They collect data within the planetary boundary layer (approximately 3 km above ground). This allows to carry out highly precise measurements of temperature, humidity and windspeed in the planetary boundary layer.


BVLOS & EVLOS approved

up to 100 profiles per day


daily flight operations up to 3’000m AGL

> 2’000 flight hours and 14’000 verticale soundings

Permission to fly

Thanks to the approval of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Meteomatics is the first Swiss company that has awarded permission to fly multiple mini UAVs simultaneously beyond visual line of sight. This means that the Meteodrones are also approved to fly within clouds and fog. In 2017, this permission was extended in order to allow operating Meteodrones beyond line of sight during the day under certain conditions. This permission pertains to flights of up to 1.5 km above ground level.

The MeteoBase

Since the start of operational drone flights in 2016, each Meteodrone had to be controlled by a pilot. An important step towards nationwide drone operations has been the development of the MeteoBase. The MeteoBase allows the remote support of up to 10 different drone systems simultaneously. It is the “home” of the drone from which it takes off, where it lands and charges its battery. For the first time a pilot is able to control multiple aircraft flying at the same time. In 2017, the first prototype of the MeteoBase was developed and tested under real conditions. In the future, weather data will be able to be collected more extensively, since pilots are not required for each aircraft.