Oklahoma Scientists Aim to Improve Tornado Warnings with UAVs

Posted by UAO Staff on February 20, 2014 No Comments
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Scientists from Oklahoma hope to improve tornado-warning times with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Currently, residents in tornado-prone areas of the U.S. have about 10 minutes to respond to storms, according to an article by Australian media outlet ABC News Online.

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are studying UAVs in a field near Little Spring, Okla. To better understand atmospheric phenomena and minimize danger, the scientists are looking to develop inexpensive, expendable UAVs in order to get an up-close and personal view of tornados.

Among other things, they want to see how UAVs react under various weather conditions, with a specific concern toward ground control station communication and operators' ability to control UAVs.

Read the full article by ABC News Online here.

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