The ramps are held in with a pneumatically actuated pin and spring out with the help of a gas spring. Stop by our pit anytime in Phoenix if you want to look at it up close!
Nope, it can only move up and down at the joint at the top of the mast. It does have one unique feature though, in that the arm comes off with just one bolt! Everything has gone through extensive design to make sure that it will last through competition and be easily fixed in case something breaks.
The shaft is only supported on one side, but the sprocket is about as close as it can get to the motor to keep the load to a minimum. We haven’t had problems with it yet, and we do have a backup on hand if things start exploding.