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  • Operating a flipped robot whose bumpers are not in the bumper zone

    All,

    If we had a robot that could operate (drive) after it had been flipped upside down but whose bumpers would no longer in the bumper zone in that orientation how long could we stay that way before we are penalized? In this case we would not have a mechanism to right ourselves other than intentionally flipping again say by driving over the bump at an angle. This would require us to move about until we were successful.

    Could we have 2 sets of bumpers each optimized to be in the bumper zone regardless or orientation thus not requiring we right ourselves after flipping?

    Thanks,

    James
    FRC 3131
    James Ward
    GHS FRC Coach - Team 3131
    James.Ward@Gladstonerobotics.com

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    Re: Operating a flipped robot whose bumpers are not in the bumper zone

    In my opinion, you could only use 1 set of bumpers. That's because of the weight and size allowance given for bumpers; it would not be fair to allow a team to add the additional weight of a second set of bumpers.

    There has been some discussion on the Chief Delphi forum ( www.chiefdelphi.com ) about a flipping robot. It would be 26" tall, with bumpers centered on 13". There would be a drivetrain both top and bottom, so no matter which side ended up, the robot could drive. There are some complications to this, like ensuring you won't catch a ball on the top-side drivetrain while the bottom-side is moving you about.

    The legality of flipping, and of your question of moving to the bump to right yourself, can only be answered by the official Q&A. You have to log in using your team contact id as found in TIMS to access the Q&A submissions.

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