Saturday, January 30, 2016

Raytheon's Coyote UAS to fly into hurricane

Raytheon's enhanced Coyote® Unmanned Air System will be deployed by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for hurricane tracking and modeling mission this hurricane season, giving researchers an unprecedented perspective from inside storms that build in the Atlantic Ocean.

A team of NOAA and Raytheon scientists will use the latest version of Coyote to monitor the track and intensity of storms. The team recently completed a successful calibration flight over Avon Park, Florida, where a Coyote was launched from a P-3 hurricane hunter aircraft to prepare for deployment during storm season.

The improved Coyote, which can now fly for up to one hour and 50 miles away from the launch aircraft is a small, expendable UAS that can be tube-launched from a host vehicle on the ground or in the air.

In 2014, NOAA had successfully deployed a Coyote from a hurricane hunter aircraft into the eye of Hurricane Edouard.

Coyote is deployed from an A-size sonobuoy tube or common launch tube to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions while the host craft remains at a safe distance.

Coyote was developed by Sensintel, Inc., which was acquired in January 2015 by Raytheon Missile Systems.

Coyote can perform surveillance imagery, targeting capability, real-time damage assessment and is suitable for targeting  assistance, perimeter security, and research missions.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.