This was a fascinating article on what it’s like to fly an airplane through a hurricane with the goal of collecting sensor data to inform public evacuation decisions. It also includes a video of an airplane doing just that, which I unfortunately couldn’t embed into this post.
Based on the airplane’s mission and the data that it collects, drones will likely be able to perform the same tasks in the near future. As a result, we will no longer need to risk the lives of human pilots and data collection personnel in the middle of a hurricane.
However, until then, we need to risk a few lives in order to potentially save thousands.