NASA studies volcanoes in Costa Rica
NASA Earth science researchers last month traveled to Turrialba Volcano, east of the province of Cartago, to conduct testing with a Dragon Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the agency reported Monday on its website.
UAV is a small electrical aircraft equipped with cameras and sensors that were sent into the volcano’s sulfur dioxide plume and over its crater to study Turrialba’s chemical environment.
The project is designed to improve the remote-sensing capability of satellites and computer models to monitor volcanic activity.
The study, called “In Situ Validation and Calibration of Remotely Sensed Volcanic Emission Data and Models,” launched 10 flights between March 11-14 into the volcanic plume and along the rim of the Turrialba summit, approximately 10,500 feet above sea level.
“The volcanoes of Costa Rica provide superb natural laboratories to test and develop these volcanological UAV systems,” NASA said.
A long-term project goal is to develop the means to sample drifting ash and gas in volcanic plumes up to 30,000 feet, which result from large explosive eruptions such as those that crippled aviation traffic in Iceland and Europe in the spring of 2010, the agency added.
You may be interested
Transformational travel in Costa Rica: Turning the flat world roundAlissa Grosskopf - October 16, 2018
The sound of roaring water and the fear in my body drown out the encouraging shouts of my group behind…
Children: the future of shark protectionAlissa Grosskopf - October 16, 2018
The nonprofit organization Misión Tiburón is strongly engaged in the protection of hammerhead sharks in Costa Rica. They hope to…
Trump warns Honduran president to stop migrants en route to U.S.AFP - October 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Donald Trump warned his Honduran counterpart on Tuesday that he must stop a caravan of…