For the first time, a marine drone has successfully filmed in the center of a Category 4 hurricane. Saildrone has released the video showing the extreme conditions experienced by its Saildrone Explorer.
The Saildrone Explorer looks like an orange windsurf board seven meters long. It is powered by solar panels and advances thanks to. is equipped with cameras as well as many to measure, among other things, the wind, the , the size of , the , and even the from . The manufacturer has equipped it with a “wing To withstand extreme conditions and the device is designed to operate autonomously for a full year.
Images recorded by the marine drone in the heart of Hurricane Sam on September 30, 2021 © Saildrone, NOAA
A fleet of marine drones to study hurricanes
This is the first time that an autonomous vehicle has managed to film inside aof this intensity. According to the manufacturer, the device had to cope with waves 15 meters high and winds of more than 190 kilometers per hour.
The Saildrone Explorer is part of a fleet of fivewho travel the Atlantic Ocean to study . The data collected is shared with the US Agency for Ocean and Atmospheric Observation ( ) in order to better understand these and be able to warn people in their path more quickly.