BALI, NETRALNEWS.COM - The drone flying team from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) managed to fly drones for mapping the peak crater of Mount Agung (Gunung Agung) in Karangasem Regency, Bali Province on Thursday (10/19/2017).
Four flights were made to map the top of the crater and the slopes of Mount Agung.
The three-member team brought two Bufallo FX79 unmanned aircraft to a height of 4,000 meters with one hour flying time.
The results of the photos from drone showed a fracture in the crater of Mount Agung is wider than before. If previously from images of Planet Scope satellite (10/11), crater fracture was only on the East side inside the crater.
"The drone photographs in the afternoon showed that the crater rupture is wider on the East side inside the crater. There is also a small fracture on the southeast side. The solfatara steam emitting from the fracture is also thicker than before," explained Head of BNPB Information Data Center and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, in a written statement Netralnews.comreceived on Thursday (10/19).
Sutopo said the drone flying team did a flying orientation by launching the drones from the top of a motorcycle. The first and second drone flight experiments did not reach the target height.
On the third flight, the drone flew reaching a height of 3,995 meters. Furthermore, on the fourth flight drones flew to a height of 4,003 meters. Drone made it through the summit of Mount Agung on 2-lane flight with a width of 600 meters.
A total of 400 aerial photographs were obtained from these two paths which will then be made 3D model of crater of Mount Agung so that morphological and spatial analysis can be done accurately.
Drone of Bufallo FX79 type is the work of the nation's children. The drones manufactured by UGM are currently still being developed and researched.