A drone recorded a video from the eye of Hurricane Sam in the middle of the ocean

An unprecedented view from inside a hurricane.

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The United States Office of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) has released the first video captured from the eye of a hurricane.

This was achieved thanks to Saildrone, an unmanned vessel that collected data within Category 4 Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic Ocean, off the east coast of the United States.

The images were captured with the Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 camera.

A tough task for Saildrone

“SD1045 battles waves of 50 feet (15.24 meters) and winds of more than 120 mph (193.12 km / h) to collect important scientific data and, in the process, give us a completely new view of one of the most destructive forces on Earth. ”, NOAA review .

Saildrone has a “hurricane wing”, designed to operate in extreme wind conditions.

This allows you to go where no scientific vessel has ever gone, reaching the eye of a hurricane.

The data will be important to make it easier to anticipate these destructive storms.