A video recorded by a Saildrone Explorer SD 1045, also known as a sea drone, shows the strength of Hurricane Sam that hit the east coast of the United States this week.
The video was shared by the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which installed the drone aboard an unmanned surface vehicle (USV).
The vehicle was directed towards the center of the hurricane, which reached Category 4, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
In order to collect these incredible images, the S2 1045 had to face waves of more than 15 meters and winds that exceeded 180 kilometers per hour, according to the team in charge.
The device is also equipped with a specially designed “hurricane wing”, which allows it to operate in extreme wind conditions.
This device is part of a fleet of five Saildrones that have been operating in the Atlantic during hurricane season, collecting valuable information to help understand the physical processes involved in hurricanes.
“Saildrone goes where no research vessel has ever ventured, sailing directly into the eye of the hurricane, collecting data that will transform our understanding of these powerful storms,” said Richard Jenkins, founder and CEO of Saildrone, in a statement.
“After conquering the Arctic and the Southern Ocean, hurricanes were the last frontier for Saildrone’s survival. We are proud to have designed a vehicle capable of operating in the most extreme climatic conditions in the world ”.
The data provided by this device goes directly to NOAA’s Pacific Marine Laboratory and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.