Raytheon’s ‘Coyote’ gathers critical hurricane data

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A new device is taking hurricane forecasting to the next level.

Raytheon has created an unmanned aircraft called ‘Coyote’ that can fly into the very turbulent parts of a hurricane that are too dangerous for piloted planes.

Raytheon’s John Hobday said the Coyote gathers critical data about a hurricane, like wind speeds and air pressure. The device has also been able to penetrate the eye of the storm.

“This is a significant leap ahead, especially with the ability to predict storm strength and intensity,” said Hobday.

For emergency managers in coastal areas, the technology can bring more accurate forecasts for storm winds and can mean the difference between evacuating a community or letting people stay in their homes.The video above provides more detailed information with reporting by Michelle Muscatello.

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