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Will Drones Replace Weather Balloons in the Future?

Challenge

Ambient air temperature has an inverse effect on air density. This can create a balancing effect in elevation change. Meteorological parameters for ballistic simulation models or for calculating the propagation of electromagnetic signals in the atmosphere are of great interest in the field of defence.

Solution

The Meteodrones have integrated sensors specially designed for temperature, wind direction, air pressure and humidity. These can record meteorological parameters along a predefined flight path and store them with the precise location information.

Armasuisse tests using drones have been performed to record local weather parameters. During test campaigns, the advantages and disadvantages of these flying weather stations compared to meteorological balloons were evaluated

Result

Early experiments have demonstrated very good data quality with high spatial and temporal resolution.

Further testing will be needed to see if this meteorological data collection can complement or replace today's weather balloons.