Our Technology

Unique weather data from the planetary boundary layer

Our Technology

Unique weather data from the planetary boundary layer

How data from 3km above ground revolutionizes the world of weather forecasting

We aggregate and downscale data from the world’s leading meteorological and scientific institutions and we run our own high resolution downscaled model.

We have our own Meteodrone program that includes drone design, development and manufacture. We are authorized by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to fly our drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and within regulated airspace in Switzerland in order to gather observations across all level of the atmosphere up to 3km above ground level.

We ingest the output of our Meteodrone observations into our downscaled weather model to provide enhanced local weather forecasting.

How data from 3km above ground revolutionizes the world of weather forecasting

We aggregate and downscale data from the world’s leading meteorological and scientific institutions and we run our own high resolution downscaled model.

We have our own Meteodrone program that includes drone design, development and manufacture. We are authorized by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to fly our drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and within regulated airspace in Switzerland in order to gather observations across all level of the atmosphere up to 3km above ground level.

We ingest the output of our Meteodrone observations into our downscaled weather model to provide enhanced local weather forecasting.

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.

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.

Technical Details 

 Meteodrone SSEMeteodrone ClassicMeteodrone XL
Number of engines644
Max. payloadca. 1 kg
Take-off weightca. 0.7 kgca. 1.5 kgca. 5 kg
Dimensions40 x 40 cm60 x 60 cm70 x 70 cm
Max. climb rate19 m/s10 m/s6 m/s
Max. wind speed75 km/h60 km/h40 km/h
Max. flight altitude*1'500 m3'000 m3'000 m
Max. flight durationca. 12 minca. 20 minca. 40 min
Waterproof (IP64)
Navigation lights
Position lights
Rescue system
Ground system
EVLOS*
VLOS*
BVLOS*
Measured parameters:
- Sample rate250 ms250 ms250 ms
- Temperature
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
- Dew point
- Air pressure
Optional parameters:
- Particular matter/ black carbon
- Ozone
- Radioactivity
Available formats:
- WMO TEMP (FM35)
- WMO TEMP MOBILE (FM38)
- PILOT (FM32)
- WMO PILOT MOBILE (FM34)
- WMO BUFR
- CSV

Postprocessing of gathered data

Temporal profiles of selected weather parameters lead to a deeper understanding of atmospheric processes.

Dew point

Relative Humidity

Potential Temperature

Mixing Ratio

Pressure

Wind Speed and Direction

Technical Details 

 Meteodrone SSEMeteodrone ClassicMeteodrone XL
Number of engines644
Max. payloadca. 1 kg
Take-off weightca. 0.7 kgca. 1.5 kgca. 5 kg
Dimensions40 x 40 cm60 x 60 cm70 x 70 cm
Max. climb rate19 m/s10 m/s6 m/s
Max. wind speed75 km/h60 km/h40 km/h
Max. flight altitude*1'500 m3'000 m3'000 m
Max. flight durationca. 12 minca. 20 minca. 40 min
Waterproof (IP64)
Navigation lights
Position lights
Rescue system
Ground system
EVLOS*
VLOS*
BVLOS*
Measured parameters:
- Sample rate250 ms250 ms250 ms
- Temperature
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
- Dew point
- Air pressure
Optional parameters:
- Particular matter/ black carbon
- Ozone
- Radioactivity
Available formats:
- WMO TEMP (FM35)
- WMO TEMP MOBILE (FM38)
- PILOT (FM32)
- WMO PILOT MOBILE (FM34)
- WMO BUFR
- CSV

Postprocessing of gathered data

Temporal profiles of selected weather parameters lead to a deeper understanding of atmospheric processes.

Dew point

Relative Humidity

Potential Temperature

Mixing Ratio

Pressure

Wind Speed and Direction

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