It's a mixed bag of emotions, funny, sad, amazed, that the USA is still flying the U2. Which is from the 60's, while the SR-71, the plane meant to replace it has already been decommissioned for over a decade now.
Just FYI, all the U-2s that are flying now were built in the 80s and feature numerous advances over the original generation of U-@s. I agree about the SR-71, I too have a soft spot for that plane. There is rumor of an SR-72 but AFAIK it's still on the drawing board.
I think this would be amazing if it were solar-powered. In Florida when we have hurricanes, we are without power sometimes for weeks. This could easily be sold en mass to disaster-relief workers, or even for consumers who want that kind of backup for during and after disasters.
It offers additional data you can't get elsewhere, lets you backtrack in time, lets you see buoy data in relation to the current storm path, and all in something that allows you to zoom. In the future, it will allow for storm updates via FB message, tweet, SMS, etc. and allow for alerts when a storm's forecast margin of error enters your zip code.