Watch how NOAA flew into the record books

Robots are blowing the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration into the Guinness World Records book.

What You Need To Know

  • NOAA set two world records
  • A drone set one record for highest wind speed recorded by an unmanned craft
  • A second drone set a record for longest endurance inside a tropical cyclone

NOAA set two world records. One for the highest wind speed recorded with an unmanned surface vehicle and endurance inside a tropical cyclone.

The 2024 edition of the Guinness World Records book will recognize both NOAA and Saildrone Inc., the company that made the drones for the agency.

They set the first world record in 2021 when the saildrone recorded a wind speed of 126.4 mph during Hurricane Sam.

Check out the video below to see the drone inside this category 4 hurricane.

We also reported on Saildrone Inc., last year and how their helping NOAA get an up close look at hurricanes.

The record for the longest endurance inside a tropical cycle was set last year during Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, 2022.

Satellite image of Hurricane Ian from space on Oct. 5, 2022. (NASA)

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft deployed an Altius drone into the category 5 storm. The drone flew for a record of 102 minutes inside the eye of the storm.

The agency is using drones right now to gather hurricane and tropical storm data.

NOAA says they have increased the usage of saildrones from 7 last season to 12 this year.

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