One of the storm-studying submarine prototypes
One of Prof. Mohseni's "hurricane drones"
The carbon fiber-bodied planes are six inches (15 cm) long, and “about the weight of an iPod Nano”
When we think of aircraft that study hurricanes, most of us probably either picture powerful manned airplanes that fly straight through them, or perhaps unmanned drones that fly safely over them. The University of Florida’s Prof. Kamran Mohseni has something else in mind, however. He’s developing tiny unmanned aircraft – and submarines – that will be swept up with the hurricane, gathering data on the strength and path of the storm as they go.
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