Posted by Mike Sklar at 03/18/2001 10:10 AM EST
Engineer on team #21, ComBBAT , from Astronaut H.S. and Titusville H.S. and Brevard Community College and Boeing Company and NASA-KSC.
Have there been any ramp problems around the country? My team, along with 44 others competed 2 weeks ago at KSC and the ramp acted totally as expected and just like the one we buil ourselves.
However in Houston the ramp had some very strange behaviour. Numerous times (I’m aware of about 3) the ramp bounced up off the 4x4 and one of the lower angles sat on top of the 4x4 and the ramp could not be lowered. All this just from running over it. Some teams said we were too fast and if you go over too fast it does that. I say bull! It did not at KSC.
Also for about 2 hours on Friday in Houston the ramp became very sticky and noone could move it well or balance. And here is the real kicker, numberous time late Friday and Sat at Houston teams balanced the ramp with a single goal with the heavy side of the ramp being 1 inch off the floor (ie was not even clost to level).
This makes for a very inconsistent competition. Any comments or similar problems elsewhere.