Friday, September 23, 2011

Tiny Plane Tackles Big Storms

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now has a tiny aircraft to help study hurricanes.
Sun-Sentinal photo
The aircraft is 3' long and weighs eight pounds. It will be dropped into the eye of hurricanes so it can fly to 100' of the ocean (far too low for humans to safely fly). The goal is to gather data that may help us improve hurricane intensity forecasting.

Details from the Sun-Sentinal

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. But the article states it is a $30,000 piece of equipment, that eventually falls into the ocean, "never to be used again." For a few dollars more, you'd think they add some kind of radio device that would allow them to retrieve it in the future. Oh well...

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