The word drone automatically creates an image of an unmanned flying object. However, drones are not always in the air. Saildrone, a company that has created special drones that navigate and cover the most remote points of the Pacific Ocean, is revolutionizing the process of tackling climate issues. Recently Saildrone posted footage of what it looks like in the eye of a hurricane. And the hurricane considered is not a regular hurricane but a category 4 hurricane (out of a total of 5), called Hurricane Sam.
Saildrone, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), sent an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to analyze the formation process of such a devastating hurricane. The drone dubbed SD1045 passed through the rapid swirling winds (touching 200 km / h) of Hurricane Sam and recorded the formation of the monstrous calamity.
NOAA shared the images sent by SD1045 on its official Twitter account. In the caption, they wrote: “In a world first, an @saildrone captured video from inside a hurricane.” The images shared since have been viewed by over 2.5 lakh users. “The Saildrone battled 50 feet from Hurricane #Sam. waves and collected critical data to give us a whole new vision of one of Earth’s most destructive forces, ”they added.
Check out the hazy and gruesome visuals of the Eye of the Storm here:
The video is proof of the progress made in the fight against climate change. With Saildrone collecting crucial data on the dynamics of water masses, researchers can define methods to combat and curb the effects of climate change.
“Saildrone goes where no research vessel has ever been, sailing right into the eye of the hurricane, collecting data that will transform our understanding of these powerful storms,” said Richard Jenkins, CEO and Founder of Saildrone , in a press release.
“Using the data collected by these RSUs, our forecasting capabilities regarding rapidly intensifying and forming hurricanes will improve,” said Greg Foltz, NOAA scientist.
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