DronEx: testing drones in extreme environmental conditions

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The impact of extreme environmental conditions on drone flight has become a major topic in UAV science. Many of the existing applications designed for drones (e.g. precision agriculture, delivery of instruments or medical supplies) have not been fully exploited by the market so far. This is due to the lack of existing knowledge about drone flight under variable weather conditions. In the literature, there are no systematic studies that have analysed the success or failure of a drone flight, based on the variability of climatic conditions. Moreover, until now a bias in the existing tests has been the non-reproducibility of the same climatic conditions.

DronEx is a project financed by the European Regional Development Fund