The Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) will be the world’s first phased array C-band, dual-Doppler, dual-polarization radar. WPO helped fund the initial research and development of APAR which received $91.8 million in June from the National Science Foundation. APAR will be mounted on the new C-130J hurricane hunter aircraft and allow the atmosphere to be sampled at a higher spatial resolution and probe deeper into storms.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, scientists reported successfully receiving weather data from the Coyote unmanned aircraft system. The Coyote unmanned aircraft is the first unmanned aircraft deployed directly inside a hurricane from NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft.