Getting close-up shots of the fiery interior of a volcano’s glowing lava lake is impossible, right?
Wrong. Thanks to a special heat suit and some pretty advanced technology, an intrepid adventurer has captured Ambrym Volcano’s raging depths on camera.
This incredible footage documents Sam Cossmann and his team’s harrowing journey into the Marum crater, one of only seven lava lakes on the planet.
It is located on the remote island of Ambrym, in the Republic of Vanuatu.
In 2014, 33-year-old Sam left his home in San Francisco, California, to fulfil his dream as a digital storyteller and tech-explorer.
Sam and his team used high tech drones, virtual reality cameras, and biometric wearable sensors to learn more about the geology of such an extreme environment.
The project was funded by iPhone accessory company, Kenu.com, and had a crew of experts including volcanic explorer Brad Ambrose, award winning videographer Conor Toumarkine, Drone Pilot Simon Jardine and Phd Astrobilogist Dr. Jeff Marlow.
The team created the first ever 3D scale model of a volcano and lava lake.
Georgia native Sam wore a custom built industrial heat suit which is built to withstand radiant temperatures of up to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit.
He said: “My first trip to the volcano in September 2014 produced a video which went viral and reignited my passion for filmmaking and adventure.
“Marum is one of the most extreme and active volcanoes on earth, home to a roiling pit of molten rock that is in a perpetual state of explosion.
“Its a dangerous place – getting to the bottom requires a 1200 foot vertical descent into the depths of the caldera, an area so immense that it could easily swallow the Empire State Building.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com