Here’s What Happens When You Fly a Drone Into an Active Volcano

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Image: YouTube/National Geographic
Image: YouTube/National Geographic

No filmmaker had been faced with a challenge this big and this dangerous. But Sam Cossman wasn’t deterred; he was going to do something no one else had done before. His drone, which was fitted with a GoPro, would soon fly into the middle of an active volcano. This is what happened when it did.

Image: YouTube/National Geographic
Image: YouTube/National Geographic

Months of work – and lots of money – had led to this moment. Will the drone deliver the pictures Cossman hoped for? Or will it crash and burn? Who will come out on top in this battle between man’s ingenuity and Mother Nature’s awesome power?

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Image: YouTube/National Geographic
Image: YouTube/National Geographic

Life wasn’t always so extreme for Cossman. Until 2014 he was a Silicon Valley software developer who designed programs for adventure operators. But a trip to an active volcano in fall 2014 inspired him to quit his day job and set off on a filmmaking adventure.

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