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Saildrone releases dramatic video from inside Hurricane Sam

Saildrone releases dramatic vi...
A small fleet of Saildrone Explorers was deployed from Jacksonville a few months ago to monitor the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, and one of them has now captured video footage from inside the eye of a Category 4 hurricane
A small fleet of Saildrone Explorers was deployed from Jacksonville a few months ago to monitor the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, and one of them has now captured video footage from inside the eye of a Category 4 hurricane
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A small fleet of Saildrone Explorers was deployed from Jacksonville a few months ago to monitor the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, and one of them has now captured video footage from inside the eye of a Category 4 hurricane
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A small fleet of Saildrone Explorers was deployed from Jacksonville a few months ago to monitor the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, and one of them has now captured video footage from inside the eye of a Category 4 hurricane
Still image recorded inside Hurricane Sam, where Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 encountered 50-ft waves and 120-mph winds
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Still image recorded inside Hurricane Sam, where Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 encountered 50-ft waves and 120-mph winds
The real-time data from within the Category 4 hurricane captured on video by Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 will inform hurricane prediction models
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The real-time data from within the Category 4 hurricane captured on video by Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 will inform hurricane prediction models
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Earlier this year, San Francisco's Saildrone joined forces with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to launch five sensor-packed unmanned surface vehicles into paths of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean to gather data. Now one of those drones has captured footage from inside a Category 4 hurricane.

Like the rest of its siblings in the small fleet of storm chasers, SD 1045 is a Saildrone Explorer model that's equipped with a special hurricane wing to allow it to weather the extreme conditions around and inside the storms of the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season to collect vital scientific data.

Still image recorded inside Hurricane Sam, where Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 encountered 50-ft waves and 120-mph winds
Still image recorded inside Hurricane Sam, where Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 encountered 50-ft waves and 120-mph winds

Hurricane Sam is currently raging in the region, recently becoming a category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson scale, and the unmanned drone was directed into the eye of the storm on September 30 where it reportedly faced 50-foot (15-m) waves and winds in excess of 120 mph (190+ km/h) to collect real-time data that will inform future numerical prediction models.

"Using data collected by saildrones, we expect to improve forecast models that predict rapid intensification of hurricanes," said NOAA scientist, Greg Foltz. "Rapid intensification, when hurricane winds strengthen in a matter of hours, is a serious threat to coastal communities. New data from saildrones and other uncrewed systems that NOAA is using will help us better predict the forces that drive hurricanes and be able to warn communities earlier."

The real-time data from within the Category 4 hurricane captured on video by Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 will inform hurricane prediction models
The real-time data from within the Category 4 hurricane captured on video by Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 will inform hurricane prediction models

As well as gathering data on air temperature, relative humidity, biometric pressure, wind speed and direction, water temperature and salinity, sea surface temperature, and wave height and period for onward transmission to NOAA scientists, the intrepid Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 also has an onboard camera – and the first footage from inside a major hurricane has now been released, which you can see in the videos below.

SD 1045 Inside Hurricane Sam and the Saildrone Mission Portal
SD 1045 Inside Hurricane Sam 1414UTC Sept 30 2021

Source: Saildrone

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Malatrope
The video would be more useful if a vertical indicator were overlaid on it.
guzmanchinky
Very cool! But doesn't look as insanely bad as I thought it would. Now mount a new GoPro with horizon leveling in a case with a super hydrophobic coating, maybe two side by side for VR?
dbenware
@Malatrope: My thoughts exactly on the vertical indicator.
Using something like a HUD with items like Ship Angle & Orientation, Camera Angle & Orientation, Wind (Direction & Speed), Elevation (Used for Wave Height), Wave Direction, and Weather Data would be a huge asset.