Unmanned planes to explore hurricanes

Unmanned planes to explore hurricanes

Postby Markus Waibel on 04 Jun 2008, 11:30

USA Today carries a story on the use of small, low-flying drones to study hurricanes:


I used to think hurricanes are quite a challenge (wind speeds and such). Then I saw this CCTV footage of a twister which crashed through a bank's window in Iowa last week: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7433079.stm

I wonder if anybody has tried to get a sensor-loaded robot sucked up into a twister (I don't think it would need much in the way of wings...).
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Re: Unmanned planes to explore hurricanes

Postby Marvin on 10 Jun 2008, 20:13

Good question. And while we're at it, why don't we also send "fire and forget" robots abysses and to remote planets ... oops, already done that. I am so depressed.

Seriously though, I think there's a whole lot more scenarios in the corner where your twisters came from. We should be sending flying robots into hurricanes and thunderstorms, but also send them into volcanos and - why not - into the sun. I heard about a cool project once that wanted to encapsule a robot with a huge super-heavy iron mantle and send it towards the Earth's core.

Antarctica. Hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean (which is generally mostly super-hostile to humans anyway - think cold, dark and no oxygen). And what about oil wells?
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