Ever wondered what lava looks like from up close? I mean, really close? Well, Victor of Sunsets Sweden touched it with his drone so you don’t have to. And what’s more, the drone survived touching the scorching mass to bring back to its owner and deliver some great footage.
Victor was filming the eruption of the La Palma volcano in Spain in November and December 2021. He already flew a drone into a crater during a short break between two eruptions. And he figured that he wanted to go even closer to the hot lava. So, he decided to sacrifice his DJI Mini 2 for this adventure, but the tough little drone surprised him.
The drone had some damage from the previous day’s shoot and a part of it got melted. So, Victor figured to finish it off with style. He sent it straight to the hot lava and the signal got lost, so he believed that the drone was completely dead. However, it miraculously reconnected to the phone and automatically returned to its owner due to overheating.
The result – the poor drone’s plastic melted even more than the day before and the gimbal got damaged. However, it surprisingly still works. Victor even retrieved the memory card without any issues and published the resulting video. He says that he’ll send the gimbal for a repair, so who knows, we might even see more videos from this tough little DJI Mini 2. At least from the ground.
Check out more of Victor’s work on his YouTube channel, and let us know – would you ever do this if your drone was already damaged? I think it was worth it.
[La Palma: Drone touches the lava and survives!! | Sunsets Sweden]