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NOAA to use Raytheon UAV to Track Storms from the Inside Out

By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 25, 2016
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Coyote(R) Unmanned Air System (UAS). Photo: Raytheon

[Avionics Today 01-25-2016] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will use Raytheon’s Coyote Unmanned Air System (UAS) for hurricane tracking and modeling, giving researchers a perspective from inside storms that build in the Atlantic Ocean. The Coyote is a small, expendable UAS that can be tube-launched from a host vehicle on the ground or in the air.

A team of NOAA and Raytheon scientists will use the latest version of Coyote to monitor the track and intensity of storms. The team recently completed a successful calibration flight over Avon Park, Fla., where a Coyote was launched from a P-3 hurricane hunter aircraft to prepare for deployment during storm season.

"Coyote can now fly for up to one hour and 50 miles away from the launch aircraft," said Thomas R. Bussing, vice president of the Advanced Missile Systems (AMS) product line at Raytheon Missile Systems.

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