Project MASAYA: CONNECTING THE WORLD'S FIRST DIGITAL VOLCANO
Just 10 miles away from Nicaragua's capital and most populous city, we traveled to the world's newest lava lake with GE and QWAKE to help build an early warning system. Using custom drones, sensors and software, we built a digital model of the entire volcanic region. This provided local scientists and government with tools to better protect their citizens in the event of volcanic or seismic activity
What we built
Tasked with customizing drones both as camera and sensor platforms to help the team collect vital data as well as document the descent, Spark customized a fleet of Drone airframes to withstand the harsh volcanic conditions and return with their payloads intact. The fleet included first of its kind air sample collection aircraft, high precision thermal cameras for thermal fissure detection and high resolution LiDAR which allowed perfect 3D reconstruction of the crater back in the lab. Combined with the drones tasked with aerial cinematography, this fleet allowed our small team to capture unprecedented levels of data faster than any traditional methods like manned helicopters would have allowed.
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