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Thursday, September 07, 2006

MT Field Test #1 Moderate Thunderstorm!


Conditions: Moderate Thunderstorm, Frequent Lightning, Moderate Rain
Estimated Winds: 30kts

This evening I tested the MiniTurtle prototype in a thunderstorm off I-70 east of Denver. Here's what I learned:

Good:
1) Video quality is good during rain, as suspected the small lens size does not bead up with water and obstruct the view.
2) Car engine was running entire time, system running off car inverter power. No noticeable interference.
3) Lightning does NOT break up video signal!

Bad:
1) Camera angle too high, need to adjust lower.

In video #1 I show the turtle viewing a typical storm sky with sunlit towers and dark lowerings:
http://www.stormchaserco.com/20060907_MT_Test1.wmv

In video #2 the turtle is pointed through sunflowers to show the wind motion. At this time there was moderate rain and I was inside my car with the wipers on!
http://www.stormchaserco.com/20060907_MT_Test2.wmv

2 comments:

Eric Carlson said...

Very cool. Once you get that hole on the top covered up it should work perfectly.

Michael Carlson said...

awsome shots and vid i cant wait to test it in a huge storm that should be some great shots of the core and video of the tornados !!!

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