[Anchor Lead]Traditionally there have been many blind spots when it comes to monitoring weather using existing technology, such as the deep mountains or coastal areas. Drones will soon be deployed to help fill in the holes of coverage.[Pkg]This is a weather observation drone being developed by the Korea Meteorological Administration. The ground monitor shows images filmed by the drone as well as observation data such as temperature and wind speed. Unlike existing equipment which is fixed in location, the drone can fly up to as high as 2.5 kilometers and conduct a climate monitoring mission. This is thanks to advanced drone technology as the devices can now withstand stronger winds in the upper atmosphere and temperatures even below minus 20 degrees Celsius.[Soundbite] Eom Tae-sang(President, Drone Developer) : "There are often gusty winds. The device can't be shaken or thrust about. It was most difficult to retain the drone on a set coordinate."Monitoring weather is therefore expected to become possible in previously inaccessible areas such as the mountains and coastal regions. With fewer blind spots, weather forecasting will likely become more accurate as well.[Soundbite] Park Gyun-myeong(Korea Meteorological Administration) : "Gathering large data from previous blind spots is expected to aid in natural disaster management and leisure activities."Following procedures to verify the accuracy of the sensor, the drone is expected to be deployed in actual weather observation starting in the latter half of next year.
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