Hurricane researchers for years have deployed an array of aircraft to help predict a storm's strength and path, from "Hurricane Hunter" turboprops that fly into its core to unmanned Global Hawks that cruise high above it. But one of the most critical areas of a hurricane—its lowest section, where the sea and winds churn violently—has largely been off-limits because of the perils of sending manned aircraft there.
Now, scientists think they have a cost-effective solution: a drone called the Coyote designed to venture into that turbulent zone for as long as two hours and beam back a stream of data that can paint a more precise picture of a storm.
"The way we're measuring things now is a snapshot," said Joseph Cione, a research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who is spearheading the drone project. "The Coyote will give me a movie."
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