Government agencies, universities, and a few private companies won authorization to use drones in the US. Take a peek at the drones on the job.
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NASA has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Northrop Grumman on a $30 million program that uses two Global Hawk drones to improve hurricane forecasts. The drones were designed for high-altitude, long-duration missions, with the ability to stay in the air for approximately 30 hours. Global Hawks can reach altitudes greater than 55,000 feet, which allows them to fly into storms and study hurricane formation, as well as intensity.