The Sandoval Silver State Seeder is a new unmanned drone that has been built by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) to seed clouds.
The cloud seeding drone has just completed its first test flight in Nevada, reaching an altitude of 400 feet.
Although it didn't cause any rain according to The Verge, the DRI regards this feat as a major milestone.
The drone deployed two silver-iodide flares, "successfully testing and demonstrating its ability to perform unmanned aerial cloud seeding operation," the institute said.
The DRI, with the permission of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly up to 1200 feet , will continue to test more drones to further their research.
The institute hopes to find innovative ways to combat drought in the Nevada area.
"We have reached another major milestone in our effort to reduce both the risks and the costs in the cloud seeding industry and help mitigate natural disasters caused by drought, hail and extreme fog," Mike Richards, President and CEO of Drone America, said.
"With a wingspan of 11-feet, 10-inches and its light weight design (less than 55 pounds) the Savant is the perfect vehicle to conduct this type of operation due to its superior flight profile, long flight times and its resistance to wind and adverse weather conditions."