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May 3, 2013

Global Hawk Flies High, Offering a Detailed Hurricane Measurement

Scientists at the Earth Science Office at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are testing an airborne system that could drastically change the way hurricanes are forecast.

The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) flies on a Global Hawk unmanned vehicle to gauge the intensity of a hurricane out over the ocean. There are differences with this system and conventional hurricane forecast tools that could make HIRAD a game changer for forecasters and emergency managers.