We flew the first unmanned aircraft system, the Aerosonde, into tropical storm Ophelia in 2005. It was land-launched and spent most of the time flying to the storm and just a little time in the storm. We flew that same platform again in 2007 into Hurricane Noel. In 2008, I ran into some Navy people who were using the Coyote drone for sub-hunting. They said it’s only 13 pounds, a five-foot wingspan, battery-powered, but you could take it to the storm with the P3 Hurricane Hunter plane.
We did a clear-air test with it in the Gulf of Mexico in 2009, but we couldn’t get any funding until after Hurricane Sandy. We had five Coyotes built in early 2014. We flew two missions from Bermuda during Hurricane Edouard in September 2014: one into the eye of the storm and one into the very violent winds in the eye wall. Both flights were successful. We’re still looking at the data.