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back to article Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

One intrepid drone operator has provided a riveting argument for a private citizen's unfettered use of quadcopters: a video of a volcanic eruption, shot from above. Eruption of Yasur volcano on Tanna island, Vanuatu The eruption in question is courtesy of the Yasur volcano on Tanna island, Vanuatu, one of the world's most …

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das lied von der erde

St. Helens in 1980 sounded nothing like that. It sounded like Vangelis.

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Re: das lied von der erde

bloody shame - volcanoes make the most amazing soundtrack and they let the cat sleep on the PC with yoshimi running.

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Good effort...

…but I got a lot closer to a lot more lava, also in Vanuatu. Marum volcano, no drones :)

https://vimeo.com/84947481

https://vimeo.com/84951902

;-)

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I donno, it looked to me like some of that flying lava passed within a foot or two.

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That's quite some zoom you've got there corestore ;-)

Yes the drone was definitely much closer to actual hot stuff, the ejecta zooming past the drone at around 0:29 is very close! Amazing video, and the drone was very lucky to survive.

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It was all shot on Red Dragon 6K, Canon 28-300mm zoom… didn't need the length, but did need a 'shoot everything' lens; you do NOT want to change lenses in that toxic atmosphere!

More story here: http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?111475-Dragonfire-Extreme-Cinematography

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Yeah within a foot or two of the drone, not of the operator!!

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So what you're saying is that you got closer to the lava than the drone's operator, rather than closer to it than the drone?

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What is Error #2035 ?

What is Error #2035 ?

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It's called "Cant haz Google request"

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Try disabling HTTPS Everywhere. El Reg videos doesn't play nice with that addon, for some reason

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Excellent pub bragging rights!

Bloody good job, that one. Must be one hell of a video to pull out on the phone at the pub.

"So what did you do at the weekend John"

"Oh, not much, did some gnarly downhill mountain biking, got a backflip because I'm hardcore. It was sweet"

"Nice. I flipped off the gods and made a film showing things no man was meant to see without dying in the sort of agony that only a freshly basted chicken can comprehend.

<plays video>

...Next weekend I'm going to punch out Cthulhu. I fancy a quiet one, you know"

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Very good

Providing you mute the sound.

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Kinda disappointed

Don't get me wrong, it's a nice video, but when I read "Daring danger drone dives into volcano" I was expecting something more along the lines of "last moments' footage of robotic plunge into fiery death". Then again, I guess "Daring danger drone hovers atop volcano" isn't nearly as catchy a headline.

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Are the local yoof

still annoying their elders in the John Frum cult by sandboarding down the volcano slopes leaving nice curves across the grey sand slopes ? Volcano was blowing big lumps into sky when I visited. One could see the lava elongating from rotation. Loud sound came from mere volcano, like a giant breathing slowly. No need for electronic noise. Pity I cant see video. Usual crappy 3G performance back to a data rate that would embarrass a 9.6KB modem. NBN, heard of it but don't believe in myths.

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Best use of a drone I have seen for a long time

Well done!

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All it was missing...

...was a couple of Jedi beating the crap out of each other.

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didn't you see the tiny, legless figure burning and waving his arm?

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Go

Is there anything a drone+GoPro can't do? http://youtu.be/H0Ib9SwC7EI

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Nice video

Shame about the headline.

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picked the wrong track

Didn't listen to the audio, but "Fistful of Silence" would have been a better soundtrack.

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