Autel EVO Lite+ drone flown inside Irazú volcano in Costa Rica
A scientific team has flown an Autel EVO Lite+ drone inside the active main crater of Costa Rica’s tallest volcano, Irazú. The 6K camera drone helped to document several aspects of the volcano including lake water levels, areas of mineralization or crystallization, and potential vents degassing volcanic emissions.
Researchers have traditionally observed volcanoes using small single-engine aircraft with glass window bottoms. But drones have since revolutionized this application by flying much closer to the volcanic caldera, carrying specialized equipment such as thermal IR imaging cameras, LiDAR 3D mapping sensors, and gas detection equipment.
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The trigger behind the scientific mission being discussed here, however, was the significant cracking and erosion that had been observed on the south wall of the main crater below the area where tourists gather to peep inside Irazú. As…