The Global Hawk is set to fly a 24 hour mission over Tropical Storm Fred

The unmanned aircraft, the Global Hawk is taking off at 7AM Eastern this morning from Wallops Island, VA and will fly over Fred. It will collect data over the storm for 24 hours. The Global Hawk is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign. It will launch dropwindsondes as well as gather data with other meteorological instruments on board. Below is the flight track. The Global Hawk will fly across the Atlantic Ocean to reach Fred. The dots on the flight track (shown in green) represent the aircraft turn points. The red dots in the figure show the locations that launch weather balloons twice a day while the purple dots are the locations that launch balloons once a day.