I somewhere on cd that the first swerve drive in FRC was in 1998 by team 47, Chief Delphi. The earliest patent I found for what is essentially the swerve drive we know is also from 1998. Does anyone else have any more information on who invented swerve or where it originated from?
The drawing definitely looks like what would be considered a swerve module by today’s standards. It’s actually ahead of its time, much more closely resembling modern modules than those circa the 2000s or even early 2010s.
Engineering patent drawings are for explanation; don’t mistake them for blueprints. If this was made by 47; it’s very likely it does not represent their module’s design.
I see now. That hadn’t crossed my mind. I’m still intrigued about how team 47 came up with the idea and developed their solution (assuming they did.) Without modern technologies like 3d printing or CNC machining it seems extremely difficult.
You know that NASA just took the swerve design from 148 . That’s why they sponsor all of those teams, grab good ideas and put them on lunar explorers etc. Blue Origin and SpaceX are gonna regret the day FRC starts doing rocketry.
And so is First . Nvm some foam balls coming out of the field of play, you’ll need missile defense systems to protect spectators and officials
Oh, you’re right, my mistake. I was under the impression 148 was also sponsored by NASA but their sponsor page says otherwise… I was just poking fun anyways, I’ve met 118 just thought 148 did swerve before 118 did but did zero research on it