Man in heat protective suit at the edge of a volcano. Photo: National Geographic
08 Jun 2018

Drones capture amazing footage of an active volcano to help scientists understand eruption disasters better


Video technology and science converge on an active volcano in Vanuatu, where explorer Sam Cossman operated camera-mounted drones to capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater.

Cossman and his team piloted the drones over the 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) caldera while confronting toxic gases and boiling lava.

Although two drones succumbed to the harsh environment, the team was able to bring back video and photos that will help scientists learn more about the volcano and the life around it.

This short National Geographic documentary shows how consumer grade drones can be used to gather important data in dangerous environments.


Drone taking off into the the volcano.