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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fully Instrumented Wicked Witch!

This afternoon after a couple of bad launches yesterday I was able to get my newly modified Wicked Witch into the air and recording video, GPS and Weather data. This brings together all the elements into one small package that I want to launch into tornadoes for the 2010 season.

Here you can see the temperature, relative humidity, pressure and altitude graph. The temperature drops as it gets exposed to being outside after being in the car. The pressure drops as the altitude increases, then it reverses during landing approach. The RH rises during the flight and then spikes as the plane hits the snow on landing ( the large jump on the right).

Here is the GPS track. The flight was approximately 8 mins long and 8.2 kM traveled. A second GPS will allow me to find the craft after it is tossed by the tornado and ends up in a farm field out in Tornado Alley!

WX data logger: 5 sec updates. 2 hr 45 min record time.
Video: 720 x 480. 30fps. 1 hr record time.
GPS: 1 sec updates.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This project is the best thing happening in 2010.. Second to none. Looking forward to the expertise of Verne's flying skills up against the tornadic circulation wind forces.

Flying into the tornado by entry of inflow winds.. then up up and away.. left bank into a spiral motion.. gather as much data as possible. A possible intact let retrieval could be realized.

Wesley Luginbyhl said...

Hopefully this year will give you atleast a couple opportunities to fly that into a stovepipe or something larger.

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