An ocean drone has captured incredible footage from the inside of a hurricane in a world first. The dramatic footage, which was carried out by Saildrone Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was gathered by an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) from inside Hurricane Sam which is currently barrelling across the Atlantic Ocean. The Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 was directed into the midst of the hurricane and battled 50-foot waves and winds of over 120 mph to collect critical scientific data. The dramatic footage has given scientists a brand new view of one of Earth’s most destructive forces. Equipped with a specially designed “hurricane wing” enabling it to operate in extreme wind conditions SD 1045 braved Hurricane Sam in the open ocean, collecting real-time observations for numerical hurricane prediction models which are expected to yield new insights into how large and destructive tropical cyclones grow and intensify.
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