WALLOPS ISLAND - NASA is launching an unmanned aircraft that can stay over water longer than ever before, giving scientists a look instead a storm.
Scott Braun heads up a team using the global hawk, a drone used to help us understand the science of weather, relays temperature, pressure and wind speed at specific positions. That information can prove invaluable for forecasters who want to give you as much information as possible ahead of the storm.
"We can fly all the way to the Coast of Africa, or just off the coast and hang out there for about 10 hours and then come back," explained Braun.
Piloted by two people on the ground at NASA's Wallops Island facility, it was moved to Virginia's Eastern Shore from its base in California to conduct studies during the 2012 Hurricane Season.