The past two days have been a whirlwind of activity. We’ve been meeting from 9am-11pm (and later), and we’ll continue to meet as much as we can until the robot is finished.
Yesterday the electronics/programming team worked on securing and organizing the electronics board. They also set up svn to back up code — check out this link for the latest code. Today, they set up the camera and added correct limit switch arm code — albeit without the left motor, which we’ve attached tonight.
Build groups continued to work on bumpers, the dumper, the pusher-downer, and the arms. Today we lined up the robot to the pyramid and realized that our skid plates were not thick enough to put up parallel to the pyramid, so we’re modifying those. We’re attempting to be able to climb tomorrow, and prioritizing for such — if not at NASA, at least at our own pyramid. We’re sending a small group to NASA on Sunday to practice, so stay tuned — the rest of us may get to sleep in then.
Parker is now at IDEO and we’re adding all the parts as I write! Some of us left at the lab recently engaged in a fierce Tetris Friends battle. Katherine has been significantly more productive, as she has calculated the center of mass in our CAD.
We can hang on our own — it’s good to know the stationary hooks can support the weight of the robot. In the photo below you can see that Parker’s arms are not parallel to the pyramid, but he is hanging on his own nonetheless. We are so proud!