NOAA to launch “saildrones” to monitor the Pacific Ocean

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will replace its network of buoys called the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean array with sailboat drones, built by California startup Saildrone. These drones collect wind and temperature data that helps the agency track storms and other weather patterns. Their drones provide the same sensing and monitoring capabilities of NOAA’s buoys but with the advantage of being mobile. Learn more about it at Popular Mechanics.