China achieves new breakthroughs in weather modification UAVs

The newly developed drone is waiting to take off. /China Aerospace Science and Technology Society

The newly developed drone is waiting to take off. /China Aerospace Science and Technology Society

China has developed a new drone system for weather modification operations, capable of implementing remote sensing detection of clouds, rain, wind and aerosols in the air below its flight path.

The success of its maiden flight marks a breakthrough for Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in multifunctional remote sensing for weather modification. It can contribute to disaster reduction and ecological protection.

The platform, featuring large load, long endurance, low maintenance cost and rapid deployment, made its maiden flight for 75 minutes from an airport in Shaanxi province (north -west China), proving the safety of the machine and the capabilities of its airborne facilities.

Among the new functions of the machine are dual laser-microwave detection, joint active/passive detection and in situ detection by remote sensing, according to an institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, one of its developers.

(Contributed by Xinhua)