Brett Carr, Physical Volcanologist and Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University in New York, recently purchased a DJI M210 drone package from Gresco Technology Solutions, specifically for a research trip in Hawaii to monitor the Kilauea Volcano. Brett, along with a research group from the university, assisted with rapid response to Hawaii’s ongoing volcanic eruptions. Together, he and his team partnered with experienced drone pilots at the University of Hawaii-Hilo who had a Council on Accreditation (COA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assist local Civil Defense to monitor active lava flows.
The groups worked night shifts and traveled where they were needed to observe lava flow using their M210 and other UAS. The Hilo team used two drones: an Inspire 1 with XT cameras for night flights and an Inspire 2 with an X5S for daytime.
In his comparison with the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2, Brett noticed a feature in the M210 that came in handy for his operations.
“My M210 and its ability to do simultaneous visual/thermal came in very handy for both mapping and general observation. The M210 flew over active fire fountains and lava flows and performed well. In fact, I heard after we left that the Hilo group was impressed enough with the M210 that they have decided to purchase one for themselves.”