Paper on the Coyote unmanned aircraft system in Hurricane Edouard published in Earth and Space Science

This was the first successful launch of an unmanned aircraft system into a mature hurricane from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft. This so-called Coyote is a 13-pound drone with a 5-foot wingspan that measures pressure, temperature, humidity, and wind speed and direction.

 

Important Conclusions:

  • Data from the Coyote compared very well with other observations from Hurricane Hunter Aircraft.
  • The Coyote can fly in regions that are otherwise difficult to observe, especially near the warm ocean surface where heat, moisture, and energy fuel the hurricane.

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You can access the article at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016EA000187/full.

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