Triton Photographs Central American Volcano

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.

The most challenging part of the mission was repairing a flat tire and avoiding the livestock that we met half way up the Pacaya. Once we were near the peak, we let the Triton do all of the hard work.

 

Breathtaking views captured by the Triton UAV also show Guatemala city, Lake Amatitlan, Laguna Calderas, Volcan de Agua, and Volcan de Fuego.

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Here’s a short clip of the action as seen from the ground:

 

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