In yet another example of non-military application of drones, NASA researchers investigate the gases in a volcanic plume in Costa Rica with small electric-powered planes. These planes are, in fact, repurposed military drones being applied to the benefit of mankind. 

The full story, with maps, graphics, and more photos is at:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthmonth/volcanic-plume-uavs.html

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 1, 2013 at 12:36pm

Wow a history channel airframe! Behold the Dragoneye.

There was an RC copy made in China or the like but I can't for the life of me remember who made it.

Often thought about making a version of my own so have studied it ;-)

http://www.avinc.com/uas/small_uas/dragon_eye/

Comment by Alfred Alan jr on April 1, 2013 at 4:40pm

I was there:

 

Comment by Yiduo Zhan on April 2, 2013 at 5:31pm

Hi Alfred,

Can you tell me where did you get it? I'd like to have one as well. 

Comment by Alfred Alan jr on April 2, 2013 at 9:20pm

Yiduo, that is one of the DragonEyes that NASA's team flew in Costa Rica.

I was lucky to see them in action.

Comment by bcrow on April 5, 2013 at 5:31pm

NASA has used UAS platforms in many research projects. This is yet another positive use the Govt. can show, and we all can follow.

Another NASA / NOAA project http://spyplanes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/MLB_AUVSI_NASA_Rose...   :

MLB UAV Provide High Resolution Imagery of Seagrass and Coral Reef Biomes

Comment by Wattas on August 28, 2013 at 8:16am

I'm interested in this plane.Who can say where the center of gravity?

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