This Guy Drove A Drone Into A Crater On A Volcano, And It Shot Itself To Death


Bjorn Steinbekk a drone photographer, recently flew a video drone into an active volcano’s crater. Before succumbing to the extreme sun the drone managed to catch this incredible ultra-close-up video of it melting over spewing lava.

Steinbekk, who is based in Reykjavik, Iceland, got into technical drone photography and videography after wanting drone footage, purchasing a drone, and then playing with it a few years ago.

When the volcanic eruption in Geldingadal, Iceland occurred in mid-March 2021 Steinbekk (along with many other photographers from around the world) traveled to the area to photograph it. He spent about 6 weeks there.

On April 27th, Steinbekk finished his project and began streaming a 14-hour live drone stream to the planet for those interested in a virtual visit.

Steinbekk said, “It was my way of closing a chapter that has consumed my life last 6 weeks or so.” “It’s hard to describe in words but I have been very emotional this morning crying and sad, but also so thankful for this experience and being able to share it with you.”

“I realized last night when I took a walk down to say goodbye to this magnificent phenomenon that you can fall in love with a volcano.”

As he was wrapping things up he noticed that his drone had sustained some considerable heat loss during the stream. Rather than investing money in restoring a drone that was unable to be repaired Steinbekk devised a plan to use it for one last hurrah.

Steinbekk told PetaPixel, “I decided then as a grand finale to fly the drone into the crater in a live feed and record the flight,”

Steinbekk piloted the drone into the crater and kept it hovering while filming an extreme video of lava ejected up into the air. As the drone continued to beam video, it began to visibly melt in the picture.

A still frame showing the last thing the drone saw before its demise. Video by Bjorn Steinbekk.

“What stands out for me is how long the drone a Mavic 2 Pro was able to hover inside the crater and keep signal streaming. The heat was more than 1,200 degrees Celsius [2192° F] and that I was able to tilt the gimbal down and the record is even more stunning.”

Steinbekk Tweets. “This drone due to high heat was almost toast so I was able to get it in the air and the rest is history,” “Would never do that with a perfectly ok drone”

Recently, photographer Garðar Ólafs also melted his DJI drone over the Geldingadalir volcano, but it was only slightly destroyed and he was able to escape alive.

More of Steinbekk’s work can be seen on his website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

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