Oct 21, 2021

In first, ocean drone captures footage from inside hurricane

Posted by in categories: climatology, drones, robotics/AI

In a world first, US scientists on Thursday piloted a camera-equipped ocean drone that looks like a robotic surfboard into a Category 4 hurricane barreling across the Atlantic Ocean.

Dramatic footage released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed the small craft battling 50-feet (15 meter) high waves and winds of over 120 mph (190 kph) inside Hurricane Sam.

The autonomous vehicle is called a “Saildrone” and was developed by a company with the same name.

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