Inside the Hangar
An unmanned Global Hawk aircraft is pictured inside a hangar at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 10, 2013.
The Wings of a Global Hawk
The Global Hawk drones have a wingspan that stretches 116 feet (35 meters).
The Global Hawk drone is equipped with microwave and radar instruments inside the round nose, and along the aircraft's underbelly.
Global Hawk drones have V-shaped tails and long wingspans that stretch 116 feet (35 meters).
A view of the Global Hawk's wheels and underbelly.
NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Operations Center on Wallops Island, Va.
Global Hawk Support Team
Engineers and flight operators work inside the Global Hawk aircraft hangar in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 10, 2013.
Eyes in the Sky
NASA's unmanned Global Hawk drone flew over Tropical Storm Nadine on Sept. 26, 2012. This photo was captured from the camera on the belly of the aircraft, as it passed over the northern edge of the storm.
Test Flight Over California
A Global Hawk drone flies over Rogers Dry Lake in California on a test flight on Oct. 23, 2009. The plane's long wings carry the aircraft's fuel, and the bulbous nose is designed to house science instruments.
Coming in for Landing
An unmanned Global Hawk drone lands at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 7, 2012, after flying around Tropical Storm Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean.
Back to the Hangar
A Global Hawk drone is pushed back into its aircraft hangar at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 7, 2012.