Around 30 per cent of all commercial and military drone flights are delayed or cancelled unnecessarily. This is due to inaccurate weather and wind hazard predictions based on a dearth of real-time low-altitude weather data.
The lack of real-time weather measurements causes uncertainty in what is happening now, and what may happen. Companies may attempt BVLOS operations when they shouldn’t or perhaps worse, stay on the ground when they could be flying. Their decisions need to account for a range of anticipated conditions, such as low clouds, visibility, low-level winds, wind shear, freezing fog or drizzle and icing. They need better information to avoid delaying or cancelling flights when they could have flown safely.– said Don Berchoff, TruWeather CEO, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and former National Weather Service Science and Technology Director.
A new partnership between TruWeather and Meteomatics aims to erase this issue in North Dakota. The partners will deploy the six-rotor electric vertical take-off-and-landing (eVTOL) UAS of Meteomatics to gain micro-weather data across North Dakota. The drone has a heated rotor system design to prevent propeller icing. This enables flight operations in places like North Dakota, where icing in clouds and winds introduces flight risk.
Meteodrone is perfect to support operations at Grand Sky. Its all weather capability will help us with safe BVLOS operations. We fly BVLOS operations every day from Grand Sky and this will help us increase our ops tempo.– said Tom Swoyer, President of Grand Sky
The two companies will strategically locate the first Meteodrone at Grand Sky to support its 14 500 square kilometre FAA-approved BVLOS area. The state-wide weather modelling system will go live in early October, with a series of related events to be held in conjunction with the 16th Annual UAS Summit and Expo. The event serves as a major gathering for UAS experts from around the world in Grand Forks, “the Silicon Valley of Drones” and one of the epicentres of drone research.