Blockchain and African Weather Data to the Rescue w/Kanda Weather Balloons
Feb 18 / 2021
Written By Sean Brooks
Kanda Weather sees an opportunity in the compact nature of low-power modern chips and IoT electronics to collect weather data that can be used to make localized forecasts for nearly any region on Earth.
They are sending up weather balloons over West Africa and providing token incentives to university students for helping collect data for climate monitoring. It's important to note that much of the process can be done locally using 3D-printing and ease of gathering most of the electronics from an online seller. One example would be providing wind information at 400 feet for a small drone company in Senegal looking to survey an agricultural area or deliver medical supplies. In a broader scope, their main goal is to conquer the long-standing problem documented by NASA and NOAA of sparse weather observations across much of the developing world and to make this data useful to developing countries.
Currently, we're working on direct commercialization use cases with the Copernic Space team and a select list of buyers that we will be first executing privately but then bringing out publicly along with their public product launch.
The company uses green hydrogen in the form of electrolysis of water from energy generated from solar panels to generate hydrogen to lift the balloons and observe the upper atmosphere. The project utilizes a new radio technology called LoRaWAN with a 3G cellular connection to collect temperature, pressure, and humidity in a unique way. This data will then be used to make localized rain and air quality forecasts based on the observed instability, humidity, and wind shear.AscensionWx will then use Copernic Space to provide second-tier data to companies and NGOs interested in aviation and mitigating climate risk.

One example would be providing wind information at 400 feet for a small drone company in Senegal looking to survey an agricultural area or deliver medical supplies. In a broader scope, their main goal is to conquer the long-standing problem documented by NASA and NOAA of sparse weather observations across much of the developing world and to make this data useful to developing countries. Currently, we're working on direct commercialization use cases with the Copernic Space team and a select list of buyers that we will be first executing privately but then bringing out publicly along with their public product launch.

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