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Drones have plenty of applications: They’re tiny and can navigate over or through hard-to-reach locations. They’ve already been paired up with other cutting-edge technologies: Consider the wifi-based X-ray vision that some researchers have already tried out. Using drones, they can now 3D-map a building from the outside.

Of course, not everyone is relying on impressive tech. Remember those surfers who fed a shark using a drone? Or take a recent MacGyver-like prison escape in which a drone may have delivered wire-cutters to a South Carolina inmate.

Now the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the latest institution to have a great idea for their use: Researching hurricanes.

Sending Drones Into Hurricanes

Here are the specs on the fleet of hurricane research drones, as reported by Digital Trends:

“The Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft MK5, or CICADAs, are an inexpensive, autonomous, fleet of GPS-controlled drones. Unlike traditional aerial ...


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