The influence of weather conditions on drones

Drones are very sensitive to weather conditions. An analysis is necessary before a flight in order to preserve the integrity of his drone.

ESSENTIAL PARAMETERS

Is wind dangerous for a drone?

Wind is a factor not to be overlooked to preserve your drone and guarantee optimal safety. There is no fixed figure as to the wind speed for a drone. The maximum speed to fly a drone depends mostly on the type of drone you own. Depending on the model and brand, the maximum wind limit is between 13 km/h for the most fragile to the wind to about 50 km/h for the most resistant.

In addition, if the wind is stable enough, it will be easier to control your drone, however if the wind blows in gusts, then it will be complicated to compensate for it and you could risk a crash. 

As you will have understood, the influence of the wind on your drone really depends on it, by its weight, its size, its grip on the wind, its ability to compensate for movements etc. The best is to refer directly to the instructions of your manufacturer to make sure you meet the conditions requested by the manufacturer

Can rain harm drones ?

Drones and rain are not compatible, however some drones resist better. It depends on the engine used in your drone. A motor with brushes is more affected by moisture. While a brushless motor, or brushless is much less sensitive.

However, as a general rule, avoid flying your drone when it rains or the ground is wet. 

A small drop of water that enters the electrical circuit of your drone can cause a short circuit. It is therefore better to take all precautions regarding humidity, rain and even snow, the latter would bring a new factor : the cold.

Can I fly my drone when it’s cold ?

Yes, flying in cold weather is possible though, it is an important factor to watch out for before and during your flight. Like the factors mentioned above, cold sensitivity depends on your drone.

For drones that date back to about 2015, we can admit that they should not be flown below 0°C. For the most recent drones, we can reach -10 ° C without strongly impacting the autonomy.

This is due to the batteries used and their chemical compounds. The new generations assimilate low temperatures better and are sometimes composed of self-heating batteries, allowing them to resist lower temperatures more easily and for longer. 

The cold therefore affects the capacities of the battery and therefore the performance in flight. This incidence decreases your autonomy in flight, we estimate that a temperature below 0 ° C will reduce the autonomy of a drone by 5%. A 25-minute flight could turn into 22 minutes, then the lower the temperature, the more your battery will be impacted and therefore your flight time will also be greatly reduced. You could risk a complete shutdown of your battery and therefore a crash.

So make your arrangements by keeping your battery warm before the flight and monitor the parameters of your drone during the flight of it. In case of doubt, do not make the flight, it remains more prudent.

In summary, drones can fly even during harsh conditions, however, it is always necessary to analyze the performance of your drone to meet the manufacturer’s recommendations. The drone remains a robust tool that has points of weakness. It is necessary to identify these points and avoid getting too close to them to maintain the integrity of it.

 

ALLUMEE

These factors force Allumee to take all precautions in terms of safety by analyzing the weather conditions to best adapt our service. Our drones are designed to fly for 25 minutes, however we reduce the time of our shows to a maximum of 20 minutes to ensure optimal safety of our spectators and to compensate for any unforeseen event. Everything is done to guarantee a perfectly executed show that will satisfy our audience in every way. Allumee adapts very well to adverse weather conditions such as thunderstorms. We let the storm cell pass and we can start the show.

                                                                                            

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