Drones. Volcanoes erupting. Need we say more?
To show off his drone Phantom II, the company DJI tied it to a GoPro camera, switched on its Lightbridge HD wireless transmission system, and flew straight over the erupting Bardabunga volcano in the middle of Iceland. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1910.
“The fact that you can fly with a $ 1,000 camera and put it in the middle of an erupting volcano to capture various angles of this molten lava pool is quite amazing,” said Eric Cheng, director of aerial imagery for DJI.
Cheng had to fly to Reykjavik, drive 12 hours, sleep on a farm, wake up and drive another three hours. He was not allowed to get too close to the volcano – and that was probably for the best. On one of the drone’s passes, the video feed was cut off, and Cheng had to start the “return home” function. As the drone returned to him, the front of the GoPro camera had melted. Thankfully, the microSD card survived, which is why we have this incredible video to watch now.
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Another amazing video of erupting volcano was filmed by Shaun O’Callaghan, who sent his DJI Phantom 2 also equipped with a GoPro camera to Mount Yasur, which stands 361 meters above sea level and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
The drone was able to dodge scalding debris and lava at temperatures up to 1,200 ° C, record the images and still return safely to its owner.
The Phantom is one of the most respected drones as it is very tough and has a flying time of up to 25 minutes, which is well above average.
Ordinary aircrafts would never have been able to get as close to an active volcano. The smoke and debris would certainly have interfered with aircraft engines and helicopter rotor blades.