Drones can be used for a variety of things. They can be used in warfare, and they can be used in everyday life such as delivering beer to delivering parcels bought on Amazon. Then it also seems that it can be used to help document events in life which might not necessarily be as readily accessible by a human being, like filming footage of an active volcano in action.

In the video above, Shaun O’Callaghan, the drone’s operator, flies a drone into the middle of an active volcano in the country of Vanuatu, which is about a two-hour flight from Australia. The drone that was used is a DJI Phantom 2 RTF quadcopter which was attached with a GoPro camera.

Given that GoPro cameras are designed to withstand the elements, frankly speaking we have to say we are surprised it managed to withstand the heat of the volcano along with the flying debris. In fact with lava pouring out of vents at 1,200C, safe to say that this kind of footage might not have been captured had a person been flown in a helicopter to the location.

Even more surprisingly is that despite the heat and debris, the drone survived, at least according to its operator who claimed that the drone was actually not harmed at all during the filming process. The end result is a some pretty remarkable footage that you might not be able to experience yourself. It’s actually pretty cool and if you have a couple of minutes to spare, this is definitely worth checking out.

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