TIV1 coming out of retirement?

Jonathan Scrogham

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I did a bit of digging, and it turns out that the owner of the TIV 1 also rides in the TIV 2, some guy named Robert Clayton. James Breitenbach, one of the lead mechanics who helped restore TIV 2. Haven't been too many updates, but from what I know they will be replacing the claws with spikes like the TIV 2, just by repurposing the piston shocks. Sounds like this will be a more science approach than a film approach now, but Clayton said they will be replacing the mirrors with FPV cameras. If this ends up happening, it will be so sick to see both chasing together. Also, all of these people have ties to Silver Lining Tours, but not sure if there is any connection. That would be pretty cool, a storm chase tour in the TIV. Probably pretty pricey though.
(Update) Apparently they are adding rockets to the vehicle too, much like Reed's Dominator 3.
 
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I might leave one in the path of a strong/violent twister, then leave in the other one.

The more narrow drill bit deals interest me more…and what I would like to do is to get one of these:

—Inside a waterspout. Submerge on the way in…and pop up into the “eye.”

No debris…no dirt.
 

Jonathan Scrogham

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That is an interesting idea. I kind of feel like people don't get as excited about waterspouts, but they are a sight to behold. I do think one crazy Florida man youtuber drove his little boat into a waterspout.
 
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It will be interesting to see an (honest) write-up on the exact science being collected and what they hope to accomplish. Like before, I seriously doubt the vehicle will be filled with professional scientists conducting critical, life saving research. It will likely be people shooting footage for social media glory, like before. My concern is always the false idea that the vehicle can withstand a strong tornado, since the ground effects are only effective if there is a flat surface and it's not interrupted by flying debris.
 
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It will be interesting to see an (honest) write-up on the exact science being collected
Now I might want to release a weather balloon after being towed underneath a waterspout. On land….one of those Estes rockets with a GoPro to be fired upward..maybe with a fish eye.

If you can surround a multi vortex with enough drones…there might be enough footage to splice together such that you center one suction vortex and follow its life cycle as it orbits about.

That would be worthy. Getting a drone in the core to look down as damage is being done…fish-eye lens? …might also allow photogrammetry.
 
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Gavin Nichols

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Now I might want to release a weather balloon after being towed underneath a waterspout. On land….one of those Estes rockets with a GoPro to be fired upward..maybe with a fish eye.

If you can surround a multi vortex with enough drones…there might be enough footage to splice together such that you center one suction vortex and follow its life cycle as it orbits about.

That would be worthy. Getting a drone in the core to look down as damage is being done…fish-eye lens? …might also allow photogrammetry.
The waterspout idea might work, but the multi-vortex drone idea does NOT sound strategically possible. for example: it could get body-slammed into the ground by debris or by simply by downdraft winds before it even gets CLOSE to get picked up, and even if it succeeds, what are the odds of the camera surviving? ZERO.

now if any of this is wrong please correct me, but there WAS some similar work done back in the 70s where they shot home-made rockets into waterspouts with a prop plane. it did not work, but with today's tech, it might actually be physically possible.