Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tucson Monsoon Storm

The following video clip by Prof. Iadevaia is of a classic monsoon storm. The increase of the rain intensity and decrease of the visibility is apparent as the background mountains become harder to see. The wind and rain becomes stronger as the storm passes.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Complete Rainbow

The Monsoon not only brings rain to Tucson but also spectacular thunder storms and beautiful rainbows. Prof. Iadevaia has captured a complete, double bow on 17 July 2011 just as a thunder storm was brewing over Sabino Canyon in NE Tucson. The second bow is just seen to the outside of the primary bow...and if you look closely you can see that the colors are reversed from the primary bow.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mini DVR Test 3

This is the test video of the non-rotating, fixed mount for the miniDVR. This mount allows the miniDVR FOV to remain centered on the flyer. The test was conducted by Prof. Iadevaia in very gusty winds, and surface temp 102F. The mount worked just fine although the vibration from the gusty conditions is apparent.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

First Test of Kite Video From Sailboat

The following clip is an experiment by Prof. Iadevaia to determine if using a kite mounted mini DVR, launched from a moving sailboat is possible. The test was conducted from S/V Principessa sailing out of San Diego, CA. The wind velocity was about 15 knots from the WNW the sea was 2 - 3 feet and the boat's speed was 5.5 knots. In conclusion this is a doable project if the slip stream created by the sails is factored into the launch procedure and the mini DVR mount does not rotate. Additional videography and also sailing the boat during the test was done by the Admiral, Linda Proctor and she didn't even drop a stitch!