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WMO plans UAS demonstration campaign

Posted 28th February 2023

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A high-altitude HiDRON drone from Stratodynamics Aviation over New Mexico in 2021, as part of a flight supported by NASA and the University of Kentucky, all of which have expressed interest in the new WMO demonstration program. Photo courtesy of Stratodynamics Aviation.

The World Meteorological Organization is planning an ambitious, but completely voluntary, program to evaluate the use of drones for filling in atmospheric gaps in weather forecasting and monitoring.

The program, formally known as the WMO Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Demonstration Campaign, is scheduled for March through August 2024, although planning is already under way and companies and organizations are already signing up to take part.

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