1. 5 months ago

    I was wondering about ways the flags could be scored with balls. So far I have seen robots with ball launchers that are fixed to the base. Why don't teams just put the launchers on a lift so that the robot could drive right next to the flags and shoot with a really low chance of missing?

  2. terminalvelocity

    Jul 3 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 39X Terminal Velocity (formerl...

    I believe because the robots are required to be behind the white line in the image below when shooting balls

    vrc-fullfieldkit.png

  3. briancole

    Jul 3 Utah 4270C

    You can't expand vertically unless your in the expansion zone, which isn't anywhere near the flags, thus most robots are using flywheels low to the ground so they can shoot while not in the expansion zone.

  4. callen

    Jul 3 Braintree, MA, USA

    @briancole You can't expand vertically unless your in the expansion zone, which isn't anywhere near the flags, thus most robots are using flywheels low to the ground so they can shoot while not in the expansion zone.

    Yup. Not sure if it's most robots, but that wouldn't surprise me; and I think there was a survey and it was more than 50%.

    @skhan21 I believe because the robots are required to be behind the white line in the image below when shooting balls

    For clarity, you can shoot from anywhere. You just can't expand vertically to shoot from high up unless you're in (defined by part of the robot touching) the expansion zone.

  5. briancole

    Jul 3 Utah 4270C

    @callen Yup. Not sure if it's most robots, but that wouldn't surprise me; and I think there was a survey and it was more than 50%.

    Well, those that aren't are using punchers and catapults which still are low to the ground, but I guess I probably should have clarified.

  6. What if a robot accidentally expands vertically when not in expansion zone during autonomous mode?

  7. Doug Moyers

    Jul 5 Austin, TX 8756 - Mentor

    @randomguy What if a robot accidentally expands vertically when not in expansion zone during autonomous mode?

    <SG2> covers expansion in detail.

  8. 536Mentor

    Jul 7 Event Partner, V5 Beta Tester Appleton, WI 536

    @randomguy What if a robot accidentally expands vertically when not in expansion zone during autonomous mode?

    Since you are expected to be responsible for the actions of your robot, even in autonomous mode, there should be NO accidental vertical expansion outside of the expansion zone, even in autonomous mode.

 

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