Into the fire: Drones to study volcanoes

NASA is preparing to send high-tech drones into active volcanoes in an effort to improve airplane safety.

(KUSA) A Boulder, Colorado company is planning to take drones into dangerous territory, flying over volcanoes.

Black Swift Technologies recently won a NASA grant for a new drone that could help with airplane safety.

Jack Elston is a co-founder of Black Swift Technologies. For the next two years the company will use an $875,000 dollar grant from NASA to build two new drones.

“Hope to better predict the behavior of volcanoes,” he explains.

Black Swift Technologies is no stranger to building drones, already deep into this new project, coming up with one that can survive three hours in the air, survive the heat and carry more than cameras.

They need them for NASA’s mission to help with commercial airline safety so flights don’t get disrupted when a volcano erupts.

It happened in 2010 when millions of passengers were stranded by an eruption in Iceland.

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