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NASA details drone to track Hurricane Mathew
American space agency, NASA has sent a drone it uses for scientific research, to drop sensors and monitor activities of Hurricane Matthew.
The Global Hawk carries instruments from NOAA’s “Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology” (SHOUT) project.
The dropped expendable sensors (dropsondes) record temperature, pressure, relative humidity, and wind speed and direction, and then transmits that information to scientists.
There’s a special radar examines storm “formation, structure and intensification,” and possibly other sensor packages, too.
According to NASA; “During the flight, the aircraft will deliver dropsondes (squares noted on the flight path in the photograph) that will gather data such as temperature, pressure, relative humidity and winds.
“This information will be delivered in real-time to the National Hurricane Center in Florida, the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction and numerous modeling centers around the world for use in forecast and model development”, the space agency concluded.
This is the second of three years of NASA flying the Global Hawk to watch storms with SHOUT sensors, and if successful, Global Hawks may provide hurricane information when satellites can’t, using their place high in the sky to help people on the ground below survive.
 

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