Researchers from Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) and AirHub BV have finished the Meteo Sensors In the Sky (METSIS) research project. The research examined whether drones could gather wind data in cities in an efficient way. The findings show, that drones can be used to provide accurate data of wind profiles in urban areas.
Accurate knowledge of the weather, especially wind is important for drone operators, as it influences the efficiency of drones and can disable drone flights. METSIS tested the use of drones as a wind sensor network for hyper-local wind now-casting at low altitudes (under 300 m). The drones could gather valuable information about wind profiles and the information could be used for the operation of other drones in urban areas.