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Written by Reed Timmer   
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 18:34

dominatorHere are pictures of the near-completed TVN tornado radar vehicle (TVN Dominator - we don't really like this name but are kind of stuck with it!).  Most of the pictures are when the vehicle is lowered to the ground via the hydraulic system, but when in mobile mode the frame rides fairly high, so we definitely won't have any clearance issues.  The bracket on the top rear is where the single beam vertical radar will be mounted, which should happen in a few weeks.  Note the probe deployment tray in the back between the hydraulic towers, as well as the mast for the anemometer on the back.  Basically this vehicle will be the ultimate extreme research machine..  The goal is not to drive into a tornado, but just to get extremely close to the funnel to measure the vertical wind velocities around the tornado.  The armor around the Tahoe is to protect us from flying debris, and of course we'll never have to worry about hail again!  Considering all the wind shields we lose during the season this thing should pay for itself by the end of 2010!  The goal with this vehicle was to not only increase our safety when getting close to tornadoes, but also to INCREASE our mobility in the field and on muddy farm roads.  We drove it all around today and it rides just as smooth as the Tahoe, if not better, and has even better visibility with slightly bigger windows.  We'll be posting video showing the Dominator in action tomorrow morning!

 

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Discuss (41 posts)
Re:TVN Dominator pictures
Apr 07 2009 16:05:49
Looks great. Just curious about the added weight, and how well it will drive down some of the muddy back roads. Might look into some meaty tires for the beast.

Best of Luck!!
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Re:TVN Dominator pictures
Apr 08 2009 03:24:25
It looks awsome!!! I'm looking forward to what it shall bring along with this years storm season. Lets hope for some action... well, safer action...
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Re:TVN Dominator pictures
Apr 09 2009 20:57:37
Heh, is kinda amusing watching Reed and crew show it off on the webcam today(that's what I'm assuming is going on, since people keep stopping to see it up close). ^_^ Hope it gets some action today.
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+6 #1 rolie 2009-03-31 12:56
it looks awesome good job! cool paint job, hydrolics look cool, it would probably take intense winds to knock that great piece of work over!
 
 
+9 #2 tompyville 2009-03-31 12:59
looks good guys now we need a some sweet videos!!lol
 
 
0 #3 dwbernd 2009-03-31 13:06
:lol:
 
 
+5 #4 brodyinIL 2009-03-31 13:15
great job guys can't wait to see you in the field
 
 
+2 #5 briancam54 2009-03-31 13:24
Wow. I have never seen anything that red in my life. I sure hope you get some grade A probe deployments and videos. Goo luck with it!
 
 
+5 #6 bullzi 2009-03-31 13:30
Reed and team, fantastic job, seriously. Looks great. I look forward to meeting up with you guys sometime this season and seeing it in person.

Really great job. 8)
 
 
+3 #7 JC Surfs 2009-03-31 13:35
YES... That vehicle looks INSANE !!! Good job mates!

Reed looking forward to how the reliability and such of this definitely DOMINATOR!

You guys have been real busy thats pretty evident... Your chance to test will be for the southern conus 4-5.. Looking forward to this!!! Cheers
 
 
-4 #8 zummy 2009-03-31 13:49
Might be the Kansas Country boy in me, but what is the ground clearance when not lowered? Kansas is notorious for low water crossings and mud roads. Sometimes my 4x4 cant go down them without the extra weight etc. Also what kind of tires are you planning on running? MTs or ATs?
 
 
+7 #9 WardJ 2009-03-31 14:22
I was just curious about the weight? Depends on "weather"(lol) you would use a 10 ply tire then. Plus transmission issues might come into the equation also from the weight. Might be just me because if I added that much weight I would upgrade the Transmission and regardless I would go to a heavy tire. Stock tires just won't cut it.
 
 
+2 #10 steve melbourne 2009-03-31 14:31
Looks great Reed, how long was the desing and build phase? Have you road tested it yet?
Anyone know if the TIV will be in the field this season? It would be great to both the TVN and TIV operating together and get a feel as to the mobility, reliability and performance etc of each.
Steve in Melbourne
 
 
+2 #11 Zack_OKC 2009-03-31 14:35
Wow this is incredible!!!! I love it! Can't wait to see it in action.

One question though... What up with the similes on the front? I mean the thing looks all serious and beefed up then all of a sudden I see those smiles and was rofl. :D
 
 
-4 #12 good_grefe 2009-03-31 14:47
VERY FREAKING COOL MAN! I WANT ONE!!!!!
 
 
+5 #13 Smudge 2009-03-31 14:59
Nice headlight covers :-) :-)
You're sure going to get noticed!
 
 
+3 #14 ShatteredK 2009-03-31 15:08
Very nice vehicle! lol i love it!
 
 
+1 #15 MNthunder 2009-03-31 15:10
haha looks like a beefy tank fire truck
 
 
+3 #16 Tim383 2009-03-31 15:25
Looks dominating!!!! Like the smilies lol...
 
 
+3 #17 welch119 2009-03-31 15:43
...and the price tag for something like this?? :)
 
 
0 #18 tornado_jane 2009-03-31 15:50
Agreed, definitely a chick magnet!

The Dominator is a good name, it suits the team, the effort and the attitude. Much better than TIV or a meaningless acronym.

Wishing you a break-down free chase season!
 
 
0 #19 sburson85 2009-03-31 16:25
I had the thought at first 'why'd you paint it like a fire truck' then got to thinking.. If you're where you want to be, then you will want your vehicle to be seen, so cherry red is a good choice on color. I like the hydraulics, but still, like Zummy said, I too am from Kansas (and I know you've chased here a lot, so you all know too), I'm still very curious how it all works out. Run video when you do your test runs and post it for all of us to see too, so all of us stop saying that we're wondering how everything works, if it runs hot, ect. (just an idea)
 
 
0 #20 Trevor 2009-03-31 16:30
Brilliant!!! Congrats on the vehicle and can't wait to see you all Dominate this spring/summer in that thing.
 
 
-9 #21 sooner_in_ks 2009-03-31 17:06
LOOKS PRETTY COOL. BUT HOW IT LOOKS AND HOW IT IS GOING TO OPERATE THE WAY YOU DESIGNED TO TOO ARE TWO DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. IF IT WAS ME, I'D BE MORE WORRIED ABOUT RELIABILITY THAN COMFORT IN THAT THING. JUST HOPE YOU GUYS DON'T BREAK DOWN ALLL THE TIME LIKE TIV2 DID. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO WHEN THAT THING STARTS RUNNING HOT ON YA CAUSE OF THAT LITTLE AIR INLET ON THE FRONT??? THERES SOME ROADS I KNOW OF HERE IN KANSAS AND ESPECIALLY NEBRASKA, YOU TAKE THAT THING ON THEM----YOUR SCREWED!!! BY THE WAY---NICE COVERS ON THE SPOTLIGHTS.
 
 
0 #22 bholcomb 2009-03-31 17:27
Sweet. Named after anAwesome roller coaster that was in Cleveland! ;)
 
 
-1 #23 eastmapletornado280 2009-03-31 17:32
Looks almost indestructible. Very kewl. :lol:
 
 
0 #24 cypal 2009-03-31 17:49
looks Awesome, You should paint tornadoes on the side of it. But all n all it looks great.
 
 
-1 #25 Stormchaser 2009-03-31 19:55
Now this is what i call intercept wehicle.I love the paint job.I hope it will do it's purpose and it won't let you down like TIV2!I'm looking forward seeing it in action.Good luck and see ya
 

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