Contingency Plans

Today was a busy day at the shop. We worked on deployment, worked on practice bot, got our line trackers figured out, worked on our robot cart, did paperwork, worked on pit displays, did some scouting and drive team strategies, and did some human player practice.
Something that I’ve been thinking about recently is how much our robot is designed to be consistent no matter what the circumstance. We’ve historically had our share of drivetrain problems, mostly attributed to less-than-perfect chain technique or flexible chassis. Making the switch to direct-drive, live-axle system gives us peace of mind about that.
If our lift fails to work, we can still floor-load tubes, work perfectly well as a bottom-row scorer, be a feeder-bot, defend, and deploy.
If our floor loader fails to work, we can still load from the feeder slot and have full functionality otherwise.
If our deployment fails to work, we can still score quickly and accurately.
There’s no reason to believe any of that will take place (other than the usual visits from Murphy), but it’s comforting to know that if catastrophe occurs, we’ll still be respectably competitive.
This has been, and will continue to be, a good year.

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About FRC1529

FIRST Robotics Team based out of Southport High School in Indianapolis, IN
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