Experts said that the 2010 hurricane season was going to be one for the record books. Luckily, so far, those experts have been wrong. However, the season is just getting started and if it does get worse, the new NASA Global Hawk drone will be there to analyze and warn us of an impending storm.
This weekend, NASA began a six week, fact finding mission to study the development and build-up of tropical storm systems. The Global Hawk, which is an unmanned drone, is loaded with data gathering devices, collectively called the GRIP (Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes) experiment. The drone is an adapted WB-57 (old bomber) and DC-8.
Scientists believe that the Global Hawk will give them a better perspective on storms that are forming and growing. They have high hopes that the drone will be able to gather the kind of data that makes hurricane predictions faster, more detailed and more accurate.
The Global Hawk:
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