Meteodrones & MeteoBase


Meteodrones & MeteoBase


Understanding local weather impacts wherever you are

Existing weather models can struggle to accurately predict local weather phenomena such as fog, strong winds and thunderstorms. This is primarily due to the limited amount of data available through the lowest layers of the atmosphere. Temperature, humidity and wind data in the lower atmosphere is sparse. This is why Meteomatics has focused on closing that data gap by gathering data within these layers using Meteodrones to improve weather forecasting and revolutionise the world of weather data.

Meteodrones – the mobile weather stations of the future

An important step on the way to more accurate  24-hour forecasts are Meteomatics’ own in-house designed, developed manufactured and patented Meteodrones. The Meteodrones collect data through the atmosphere from ground level up the planetary boundary layer (3km above ground). Now, for the first time, extremely precise information on temperature, humidity and wind in the lower atmosphere can be recorded. 



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 to be awarded permission fly multiple mini UAVs at the same time beyond visual line of sight. This means that our Meteodrones are also approved to fly through clouds and fog, enabling us to conduct real-world meteorological field campaigns. This permission was also extended in 2017 to allow Meteodrones to fly out of line of sight during the day under certain conditions. This permission is for flights up to 1.5km above ground level.

The MeteoBase

Since the start of operational flights of the drones in 2016, each flyig Meteodrone has 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 MeteoBase was developed and tested under real-world conditions. In the future, thanks to the MeteoBase, weather data will be able to be collected more widely, without requiring 1:1 pilot to aircraft.