Drone-Dropped Dragon's Eggs Monitor Volcanoes

Drone-Dropped Dragon's Eggs Monitor Volcanoes
Dragon’s eggs dropped by drone into volcanoes could help researchers study active volcanoes from a safe distance.

The sensor-laden ‘eggs’ were developed by a team from the University of Bristol to be dropped directly into the heart of the volcano, where they remain dormant until the volcano becomes active. The devices—which are said to feature “the lowest standby power consumption in the world”—will active when they detect minute tremors, triggering the system to begin recording parameters such as humidity, gases and temperature. That data is transmitted to a base station up to six miles away, and from there to a research station.

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