Monday, 27 Sep, 2010 Science
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NASA's Unmanned Aircraft Flies Through the Storm's Eye 7 Times

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NASA pilots managed to fly the UAS Global Hawk through the eye of a hurricane several times.

It is worth mentioning that the unmanned aerial system successfully completed a 24-hour mission. The aim of the mission was to monitor the Hurricane Earl.

Global Hawk managed to pass through the eye of the storm seven times and monitored the hurricane from an altitude of 60,000 feet. It was developed by Northrop Grumman, and is equipped with four remote sensing tools that help to monitor the genesis stage of hurricanes and the succeeding intensification.

In addition, NASA used the aircraft to examine the tropical depression Frank, which represents a tropical disturbance spotted southeast of Haiti, and Hurricane Karl.

The goal of NASA researchers was to get a better understanding of the formation of tropical storms. It is worth mentioning that the missions were carried out under the support of the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Process (GRIP) project, reports TG Daily.

The top flying altitude of the aircraft is 65,000 feet, which allows the Global Hawk to fly above the clouds and evaluate the internal structure of tropical storms, tropical disturbances and hurricanes.


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