IIT Kanpur Conducts Test Flight for Cloud Seeding

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) has recently undertaken a significant test flight with the aim of cloud seeding. Cloud seeding is a process that involves the introduction of various chemical agents into clouds to enhance the chances of precipitation.  

Combating Dry Conditions and Air Pollution 

The primary purpose of the test flight conducted by IIT Kanpur was to explore cloud seeding as a potential solution to combat dry conditions and air pollution. The technique involves modifying atmospheric conditions to encourage rainfall and improve air quality. 

Utilization of Chemical Agents 

Cloud seeding entails the application of various chemical agents like silver iodide, dry ice, common salt, and other substances. These agents are introduced into clouds to facilitate the formation of raindrops and increase the probability of precipitation. 

Approval from Aviation Authority 

The modifications made to the aircraft for cloud seeding received approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This regulatory approval ensures the safety and compliance of the aircraft during the test flight and potential future operations. 

Procurement of Cloud Seeding Attachments 

The cloud seeding attachments used in the test flight were procured from a manufacturer based in the United States. These attachments are essential for the effective dispersal of the chemical agents into the clouds. 

Dispersion Method 

During the test flight, the chemical agents were spread using a flare, which is a common practice in cloud seeding experiments. This method allows for controlled and targeted dissemination of the agents. 

Altitude and Landing 

The test flight reached an approximate height of 5000 feet. It took off from the IIT Kanpur Flight Lab airstrip and safely returned after completing the test ride. 



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