New Video Technology Will Help NASA Track Super Storms

Streaming real-time HD video material from 60,000 feet is a tricky business. says that it takes a special kind of pluck to track and chase big bad weather like monstrous Haboob dust storms, hurricanes and tornadoes, and bring back valuable data. But now we can send flying robots to do the job.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have equipped the Global Hawk aircraft, which has no human pilot on board, with advanced data technology including parts designed by GE engineers and turned it into a high-tech storm-chasing machine flying on NASA’s Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel missions. The aircraft can gather detailed data from ominous clouds and other dangerous places like wildfires.


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