Friday, March 23, 2018

NOAA, Raytheon honored for flying unmanned aircraft to track hurricanes

Government, industry team receives Aviation Week Laureate Award

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Raytheon Company received Aviation Week magazine’s prestigious Laureate award for Defense Dual Use at Aviation Week’s 61st Annual Laureate Awards on March 1. The government/industry team was recognized for using the Raytheon Coyote® Unmanned Aircraft System to track and model hurricane behavior.

Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

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In one of our nation’s most relentless hurricane seasons, NOAA research scientists were on the front lines of gathering key data used to help produce forecasts that saved lives and protected property. They also worked behind the scenes pushing the frontiers of weather forecasting skill in storm track, wind speeds and rainfall amounts by running and refining experimental forecast models for the future. And they tested new drones in air and water to assess their ability to gather data that can improve hurricane prediction. 

Flying high to measure gravity: humans optional

Unmanned plane gathers gravity information to make nation more resilient

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NOAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program worked through NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research Program  to test an unmanned aircraft system for gravity measurements. SBIR funds high-risk, high-reward projects that not only help NOAA to meet its mission, but open up new markets for industry. 

Measuring variations in gravity helps scientists create a height measurement system based on where water will flow. These measurements will help prepare for floods, sea level rise, and other emergencies, making our coastal communities more resilient, and aid a number of diverse industries such as agriculture, construction, transportation, and urban planning.