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In Photos: NASA's Global Hawk Hurricane Drones

Inside the Hangar

Global Hawk inside Aircraft Hangar

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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

Global Hawk Wingspan

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The Global Hawk drones have a wingspan that stretches 116 feet (35 meters).

Hurricane Hunter

Global Hawk Drone Inside Aircraft Hangar

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The Global Hawk drone is equipped with microwave and radar instruments inside the round nose, and along the aircraft's underbelly.

Flying "V"

Back View of Global Hawk

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Global Hawk drones have V-shaped tails and long wingspans that stretch 116 feet (35 meters).

Wheels Down

Global Hawk Wheels

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A view of the Global Hawk's wheels and underbelly.

Mission Control

Global Hawk Mission Operations Center

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NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Operations Center on Wallops Island, Va.

Global Hawk Support Team

Global Hawk Engineers Inside Aircraft Hangar

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Engineers and flight operators work inside the Global Hawk aircraft hangar in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 10, 2013.

Eyes in the Sky

Global Hawk over Tropical Storm Nadine

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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

Global Hawk Test Flight in California

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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

Global Hawk Landing at Wallops Island

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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

Global Hawk Pushed Back to Aircraft Hangar

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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.