Thursday, April 15, 2010
On the bottom is a red panel where there is another infra-red camera - it is very hard to see because it's red and blends in with the red panel.
This sky camera is at the top of the tower, at the back, where there is a box with a camera that comes out extending that takes pictures of the sky as the sled zooms.
Above the red panel is where the guy piloting the sled sits. Beside the cabin are two mechanical doors that open and close by button. The front of the cabin has a blue plastic windshield and on top there is a roof that seals the shield to the tower that holds up the sky camera.
The purpose is just that it's just a cool sled - no erase that - it saves lives and goes pretty fast since in winter there are lots of avalanches on snowy mountains.
The station that it launches from is located right on the edge of a mountain where lots of avalanches happen and on the roof of the station there is a radar that connects down by pole to an alarm. When the radar senses avalanches of snow then it mechanically rings the alarm and then a mechanical hand presses a button and opens a door for the sled to go out. And then another mechanical arm pushes the sled out onto the mountain and then it turns on its motor as it sleds down the hill.