The Weather Channel weather service says a drone carrying a camera has captured some amazing footage of the landings of two of the first two satellites in a series of weather balloons launched in Texas.
The first launch, on April 11, captured an image of a storm system moving across the United States.
The second, on June 11, sent images of a rain-forest setting in the western United States and the southern tip of Canada.
The two launches are being conducted by the company Aerotouric, which has also launched weather balloons in the U.S. The company has also conducted weather balloons on a Canadian flight from Edmonton to Toronto in May.
A video posted to YouTube shows the weather balloons taking off from the Canadian town of St. John’s.
Watch the video here.
The weather balloons are part of the Global Weather Satellite Network (GWSN) program, which is a joint venture between the U of T and NASA.
The program aims to increase the accuracy of weather data in the United Kingdom, where the United Nations Environment Programme has established an umbrella organization for sharing information about global weather conditions.
A spokesperson for GWSN said the balloon program is “the first of its kind in Canada and the world.”
He said the network is an “experimental program” and that it is currently using its data to create a map of the Earth that can be used for planning weather and weather-related activities.
GWSW is one of two programs working together to bring data from satellites and balloons to the public.
The other is the Global Forecast Systems (GFS) program of the Canadian Space Agency.