If you’re going to equip a country’s volcano with internet, then you might as well make it a country that puts five volcanoes on its flag. In Nicaragua, General Electric is working with filmmaker Sam Cossman to install ~80 wireless sensors inside Masaya – an active volcano with a lava lake that’s about 12 miles away from Managua. The goal is to try to predict when the volcano will erupt, according to The Verge.
Dressed in an aluminized suit that can withstand up to 1,000-degrees Fahrenheit – so like a human baked potato – Cossman will descend 1,200 feet over and over again in the next two to three weeks to test the Wi-Fi. The equipment will collect information about gravity, temperature, different gases, and atmospheric pressure. The data will make its way onto the interwebs, giving scientists and residents the tools they need to study the volcano. “The goal is essentially to install as these sensors and create the most effective early warning system in the world that would ultimately serve as a proof of concept for implementing something similar to communities around the world who are exposed to similar risks,” Cossman said.
Cossman voyaged into Masaya on Tuesday with former astronaut Scott Parazynski, who is now officially calling himself a volcanaut. Cossman is also making a National Geographic documentary about the volcano, but in the meantime, you can check out some insane images below: