The Aerosondes have a 10 foot wingspan and are designed with the viewpoint that if they are lost then so be it. "If we lose the aircraft, that is part of the process," said Peter Bale, an Aerosonde representative.
Piloted "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft typically gather data at 10,000 feet. The Aerosondes will gather data from 500 ft of less over the surface of the ocean. The data will help meteorologists predict windspeed and storm intensity over land better.
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