Other agencies engaged in the use of UAVs for atmospheric research or operational meteorology measurements (e.g., NOAA and the Department of Defense) would be able to use this dropsonde system on their UAVs. Elements of the system, such as the dropsondes themselves, may be applied in other dropsonde launchers deployed on other platforms as well. A radiosonde derived from the dropsonde will potentially meet the needs of the very large radiosonde market.
Several areas of NASA research will be able to make use of dropsonde-equipped UAVs. One prominent area that will benefit is hurricane research: dropsondes would bring a new dimension to the data gathered by UAVs flying into hurricanes, making their measurements more comparable to those of manned aircraft. A second area is wildland firefighting operations: dropsondes would allow the UAV to return local meteorological profiles that could be used to improve the point weather forecasts developed by fire meteorologists. Atmospheric and polar research are two more generic areas of research which will benefit from a dropsonde system for UAVs.