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Video: Students Develop Tornado-Seeking Drones
6/10/2013

Mechanical and aerospace engineering students at Oklahoma State University have developed a drone that can fly into severe thunderstorms like the ones that spawn tornadoes.(Source: Oklahoma State University)
Mechanical and aerospace engineering students at Oklahoma State University have developed a drone that can fly into severe thunderstorms like the ones that spawn tornadoes.
(Source: Oklahoma State University)

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Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   6/10/2013 8:41:44 PM
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This is definitely an exciting development - especially in light of the tragic deaths of that experienced team of storm chasers in the last round of Oklahoma twisters...

I am curious though - I don't really see a sensor array on the drone. What type of sensors are used and how is the data logging accomplished? I would imagine that going into such harsh weather conditions they would need some fairly rugged sensors and a way to accurately collect data that could withstand the environmental extremes the drone would be subject to...

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Ann R. Thryft   6/10/2013 6:21:12 PM
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Elizabeth, thanks for this news about drones being used for positive, beneficial and non-military uses. This is one of several ventures aiming to show that they have beneficent applications as well as not-so-beneficent ones.

apresher
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Tornado-Seeking Drones
apresher   6/10/2013 4:29:18 PM
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This is certainly an interesting project but raises questions on how these drones will handle going into severe weather conditions.  Of course, NASA has its Global Hawk program that flies in to study hurricanes and wildfires.  Click here for blog post on the Global Hawk program.

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   6/10/2013 3:37:07 PM
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Elizabeth, I'm sure they have planned for it.  I'm simply curious how they deal with it.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/10/2013 3:25:25 PM
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Yes, even if it's not flying into the tornado itself, this is still dangerous business! Not sure about the lighting issue...maybe researchers have designed it with that in mind? I can't imagine they wouldn't take elements of the storm into consideration.

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TJ McDermott   6/10/2013 12:05:52 PM
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ANY storm cell, let alone a supercell, is a dangerous place for an aircraft.  This is a perfect use of an UAV.

One does wonder about the downlink though - lightning will play hash with radio.

Elizabeth M
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The real storm chasers
Elizabeth M   6/10/2013 7:29:35 AM
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Tornados are still devastating storms and despite advanced weather equipment, people are still often caught unawares. This type of drone will be able to give meterologists advanced information of tornados before they form and hopefully aid them in prediction, giving people more advanced notice so they can get out of harm's way sooner. The one thing these drones don't do--which was reported erroneously in other publications--is actually fly into the tornado itself. As I explain in the story, they fly into the supercells from which these storms can form.

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