Today we built the tower, we (mechanically) built the minibot, we finished the wiring on the drivebase (not in its final configuration), we finished the field CAD, we started lathe-ing some of the manipulator components, and we started designing our deployment system.
Still waiting to hear back from the 8020 distributor; hopefully we can obtain direct contact early next week.
Our deployment idea is to have a ~17″ arm, base-high, on a horizontal pivot. It swings around and engages the pole. At T-minus :10, we’ll deploy the minibot with pneumatics in some way.