The Royal Rain Making and Agricultural Aviation Department has signed a memorandum of understanding to receive funding from the Agricultural Research Development Agency for the development of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in rain-making operations.
The department has also inked an MOU with Civil Aviation Authority for the training of pilots to work in artificial rain-making missions.
RRAAD head Lersak Riewtrakulpaiboon said the department currently has 50 pilots for rain-making missions, but it needs to have 90 to cope with the workload.
Meanwhile, Mr Surasee Kittimonthon, deputy director-general of Royal Rain Making and Agricultural Aviation Department, said Friday that the use of UAV in tracking weather conditions was much cheaper than the use of balloons, costing at about 4,500 baht for each mission compared to 20,000 baht for the use of a balloon.
A 9.6 million baht fund has been allocated by Agricultural Research Development Agency for the development of UAV for use in rain-making operations.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)