R/C Aircraft Assists With Tornado Chasing
The crew at TornadoVideos.net continues to innovate with how they gather weather data from the dangerous storms they chase.
Back in 2009 they implimented their "Super-Hauler." This radio-controlled aircraft has a 12-foot wingspan, holds about an hours worth of fuel, and can carry up to 10 deployable weather probes. The goal is to launch the aircraft and fly into the inflow region of the tornado. Then the parachute probes are dropped so that they are pulled in to the circulation of the storm. These parachute probes are encased in durable foam and can record temperature, barometric pressure, dewpoint, and high-definition video.
The video below shows the Super-Hauler in action.