MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - Northrop Grumman officials say the
company's unmanned aerial vehicle could be launched to assist
emergency workers if a hurricane threatened the Gulf Coast.
Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk is currently used by the Air
Force for surveillance overseas.
Its fuselages are built at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
in Moss Point.
Ed Walby, business director for the Global Hawk program, says
the company could use some of its Global Hawks to search for
"chokepoints" that delay hurricane evacuation.
He also says the aircraft could be used in search and rescue
missions after a storm.
In 2009, Walby says NASA will begin test-flying Global Hawks to
use for hurricane tracking in partnership with the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.