Dubai drone fleet to use electric shocks to make it rain
Dubai drone fleet to use electric shocks to make it rain

Dubai drone fleet to use electric shocks to make it rain

Rain is always a big topic in the UAE but researchers are now using drones and electric shock technology to help make it rain.

With the UAE’s water table falling, more money and resources are being spent on helping make it rain in the country.

And the new projects hopes to merge the water droplets in our clouds using static electricity.

“When the drops merge and are big enough, they will fall as rain,” says Prof Maarten Ambaum, who worked on the project.

And if you’re after a more high tech approach, Alya Al-Mazroui, director of the UAE’s rain-enhancement science-research program, explains the science behind it.

“Equipped with a payload of electric-charge emission instruments and customised sensors, these drones will fly at low altitudes and deliver an electric charge to air molecules, which should encourage precipitation.”

The average rainfall in the country is just 100mm per year. Which is why the UAE has invested AED55 million into rainfall projects. And this is the latest project which involves drones shooting an electric shock into the clouds. Clever stuff!

The testing is taking place over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for any falling rain (or falling drones!)

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