Posted by Thomas A. Frank.
Engineer on team #121, The Islanders/Rhode Warrior, from Middletown (RI) High School and Naval Undersea Warfare Center.
Posted on 3/1/2000 9:58 AM MST
In Reply to: Re: Not a chance… posted by Lora Knepper on 3/1/2000 7:17 AM MST:
With the weight of the battery and light, required elements that we can do nothing about, there should be an allowance for those elements, rather than be hurt by them. Just my 2 cents. Anyone else have a say?
I would agree that for this year FIRST isn’t likely to change anything. As for the future, 130# DOES include an allowance for the battery; the limit was 120# the year before we went SLA, and the additional 10# is almost exactly the difference between the SLA and the drill batteries we used to use.
The light weighs 0.94 kg, a little over 2 pounds…it isn’t that big a deal, and is somewhat compensated for by the lighter controller this year (although the total control system weight is similar, depending, of course, on how many relays you need).
In years past we simply never worried about weight, and were always a bit over, working at the last minute to shave pounds (in our line of work, we’re volume constrained, not weight constrained, and it shows in how we think). This is the first year we’ve actually tried to track things as we went along, and (miracle of miracles), we were underweight at completion…with enough room for growth that we can actually add some decorations if we want.
Of course, we blew the estimates by a wide margin, but what else is new?