The Pacaya volcano in Guatemala was overflown by Robota’s RTFi Triton, carrying a digital camera payload, on November 24th 2011. A faithful team of 8 hiked up the volcano and set up a ground control station in a desolate field of black volcanic sand and rocks 400 meters below Pacaya’s cone. The conditions at 8000ft msl ft were severe, with 25mph winds and turbulence, but the Goose autopilot effortlessly took off, preformed its reconnaissance mission above the Pacaya, and landed 25 minutes later.
Breathtaking views captured by the Triton UAV also show Guatemala city, Lake Amatitlan, Laguna Calderas, Volcan de Agua, and Volcan de Fuego.
Here’s a short clip of the action as seen from the ground: