WeatherBox Team

Advisor

Michael Zink

Software Lead

Anthony Mendez

Hardware Lead

Tina Maurer

Firmware

Stephan Kim

Website

Christian Norton

Problem Statement

As part of pre-flight preparations, drone operators must check the local weather conditions to ensure a safe and successful flight. While commercial weather stations can effectively collect data for a specified area at the macroscale, weather conditions in that area at the microscale can vary greatly. Since flight conditions can be greatly affected by these constraints, drone operators need a more accurate localized weather map reading for the area of flight. Weather Box will create this localized map in a network of low power sensor modules to provide drone users with the required information via an easily readable interface. Our product will allow operators to quickly decide whether the conditions are suitable for safe drone flight.

Requirements and Specifications

  1. Each sensor package will take measurement at its location and the web server must create a map of at least 75x50 m2 based on data from sensor packages
  2. Each sensor package must be mountable and weighs less than one pound
  3. Each sensor package must measure wind, temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, dust, and air quality with 95% confidence
  4. Each sensor package must have a battery life of at least 24 hours
  5. Sensor package must be operable in the range of 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Each sensor package should be able to transmit sensor data to a web server via WiFi
  7. Each sensor package must be manufacturable for at most $120

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