Have you ever thought what the view from inside the eye of a real hurricane looks like?
Amazing and exciting footage released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which gave the opportunity to take a comprehensive look from inside a powerful hurricane, according to what Science Alert reported.
Video was filmed inside Hurricane Sam on September 30, 2021, by an unmanned vehicle known as Saildrone Explorer SD 1045. The unmanned vehicle (USV) had to withstand winds of 193 km/h and 15 meters of high waves, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (NOAA).
Feel free to click on the video to see for yourself a Category 4 hurricane that you never want to get stuck in when you’re in the ocean.
SD 1045 is engaged in a mission to collect real-time data, which can then be used to improve hurricane forecast models. It comes equipped with a special “hurricane wing”, which means it can operate and continue to score in the most stormy conditions.
“Saildrone is heading where no research vessel has ever ventured, sailing straight into the eye of a hurricane, and gathering data that will transform our understanding of these powerful storms,” says Richard Jenkins, Saildrone founder and CEO. After conquering the Arctic and Southern Ocean, hurricanes were the last frontier. for the survival of Saildrone aircraft. We are proud to have designed a vehicle capable of operating in the most extreme weather conditions on Earth.”
The Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 is equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors for data collection, as well as microphones and cameras. Powered by sunlight and wind, AI uses machine learning to analyze different data as it arrives.
The vehicle is operated by a human pilot via a satellite link and can stay and operate for more than a year at sea. There are currently five of these independent devices in the Atlantic, and the fleet as a whole has logged over 13,000 days on the waves, covering more than 500,000 nautical miles.
As for Hurricane Sam, it was the longest and most intense of the 2021 season in the Atlantic, although fortunately it avoided hitting Al Yayas, and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm.
In the future, this same technology could be used to track the progress of hurricanes as they develop, and ultimately to save lives by providing advance warning of what storm systems might do next.
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