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Gondul

Gondul

The value of improved weather intelligence for the NATO class 1 UAV capability for military Arctic land operations.


The Science project Gondul is a three-year project period where forecasts by the Meteomatics weather model EURO1k are used in parallel with the existing weather briefing from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute for risk reducing experiments with the Norwegian Army. The risks to be addressed are:

  • Flight termination by icing conditions for military NATO class 1 UAV systems.
  • Planning and priorities for the generic UAV capability in Norwegian land operations with regards to cloud cover and cloud ceiling.


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Objectives

Conduct scientific research, by collecting data and analysing it in following perspectives:

  • Does the Euro1K model add value to Norwegian military land operations by reducing risk in UAV operations?
  • If the Euro1K model reduces risk; how, and by what scale?
  • How can the Norwegian Army apply the Euro1K model weather information into its current operational procedures (IPOE/TDMP), and at which level for best effect?

Project Gondul will focus on two different weather phenomena which impact the effect of UAVs as sensors in land operations:

  • Snowfall.
  • Icing conditions for aircraft.

Project Gondul will explore the relevance of weather forecasts in current operational procedures for tactical decision-making in the Norwegian Army. On the basis of the new technology available through Euro1K forecasts, project Gondul will exploit possibilities for innovation in the tactical decision-making process, and if applicable suggest data-driven and scientific based changes to it.

Meteomatics, To forecast the weather in Norway more accurately, Meteomatics, in cooperation with NORCE, will install 30 Meteodrones and their accompanying Meteobases, which enable autonomous flights., Cms image resizer, ,

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Meteomatics

To forecast the weather in Norway more accurately, Meteomatics, in cooperation with NORCE, will install 30 Meteodrones and their accompanying Meteobases, which enable autonomous flights.

Meteomatics is the world's leading provider of weather information. The Swiss company combines meteorology, engineering, and IT expertise to develop complex industry solutions and high-precision technologies for a world where accurate weather and climate analysis is becoming increasingly important.

Meteomatics' EURO1k weather model has a unique resolution of one kilometer and provides unrivaled accurate weather data for the whole of Europe. The easy-to-use API technology provides direct real-time access to around 1,800 weather parameters. Using NASA's 90m digital terrain model, historical analysis and hyperlocal forecasts are possible worldwide. The Meteodrones developed by Meteomatics and manufactured in Switzerland fly at an altitude of up to 6,000 meters and close the meteorological data gap from the Earth's lower atmosphere, which is particularly relevant for weather events.

Meteomatics was founded in 2012 and employs over 130 people. The company is headquartered in St. Gallen, Switzerland. You can find more information about Meteomatics at www.meteomatics.com

Contact

Nils Håheim-Saers

Safety and Compliance Manager - Tromsø

niha@norceresearch.no
+47 970 74 340

Project facts

Name

Gondul

Status

Duration

01.06.24 - 31.12.26