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FMI's drone research playground approved

FMI's drone research playground approved

A temporary danger area EFD431 – PALLAS was approved by Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) on August 7th. This means that the airspace is reserved for research activities between September 1st and December 31st to accommodate Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operations.

Within the EU, it is almost impossible to obtain permission for drone activities in such huge area. However, in Finland the law for drone operation is more liberal. Now, with the reserved airspace, FMI hopes to attract atmospheric scientists to use it.

The temporary reserved area EFD431 – PALLAS  is centered around the Sammaltunturi research station with boundaries of 7 km and upper limit of FL80 (1994 m MSL), see Fig 1 for details:

Fig 1. Map of the temporary dangerous area EFD431 – PALLAS. 

The reserved airspace was applied for upcoming 7th Pallas Cloud Experiment (PaCE) that will take place within the Pallas Atmosphere-Ecosystem Supersite – Sammaltunturi Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) station from September 1st till November 30th 2017.

During the PaCE campaign FMI will host several international research teams and SMEs active in remote sensing and RPAS operation. In accordance with Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS) activities, the main goal of the campaign will be vertical profiling of gases, aerosols and cloud properties by unique combination of in-situ and remote sensing techniques.

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David Brus,


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