The National Hurricane Center is joining the “drone” trend.
When NOAA’S hurricane hunters fly into storms this year, they’ll take along an extra passenger, “Coyote.”
The drone will be dropped right into the storm.
“We eject these from the airplane and as soon as it’s clear of the airplane, a ballistic parachute will be deployed, and that’ll essentially pull the wings and the tail to flight mode, and then the engine will start and the aircraft will fly away,” Michael Silah, who is a NOAA hurricane hunter pilot, said.
Up to eight Coyote drones will be dropped this season.