After hearing the balls were foam, I was worried about how they would handle being launched with air resistance (as a foamy ball would barley go anywhere, like throwing a un-crumpled piece of paper). After I got my hands on one though, it seems a lot better then I thought it would be.

Anyway, my question would be do you think a shooter powerful enough to score from the other side of the field (or up against the bump on the other side, at least) be possible? and is scoring from the other side allowed? (I saw nothing in the rules)

I ran some quick calculations, and in order to score from an opposite corner, the ball would need to have an exit velocity of about 42 feet/second at a 45* angle.

I used this trajectory calculator. It’s pretty neat. This one may be useful, too.

Yeah, I meant the corner where the ball return is, but I can’t see the velocity from the center of the opposite side being much different, maybe 40 ft/sec.

don’t know how accurate your estimation will be. at 42 feet per second (12m/s) initial you will run into about 1.2 Newton of drag force… which translates to approximately 3.5m/s^2 of initial deceleration.

I’ve been doing some math, and 6inches from the edge and 6 inches from the very far back wall of the lane, it’s a 55.0568foot shot to the goal, not including the distance for an angle to the top of the goal. The extra distance it has to go, assuming the cannon/turret is at the very top of the 60" limit, is negligible (About an inch or so). At any rate, a 55 foot shot is going to be quite difficult.From the research I’ve just been doing, it’s 42’ to half court, then you’d add another 13’ to that.

On a less scientific note, I do remember nearly being pegged in the face in 2006 by an over propelled poof ball (I kept wondering why it was getting bigger and bigger…) while standing past the driver wall. While not quite the same as the basketballs this year, they can carry for some distance.

I don’t think that’s possible this year… in order for this thing to go far, it needs to be at 45 degrees and have a really fast speed… with this weight… any speed above 15m/s will slow down very quickly…

will mock up a simulation in the morning in python with an iterative estimator

Ran through Wikipedia and Google quickly and came up with this:
Drag force = (1/2) * p * v^2 * CoD * A

p = air density
v = velocity
CoD = Coefficient of Drag
A = relative area

Fill in with measurements:
Drag force = (1/2) * 1.204 kg/m^3 * (12.8016 m/s)^2 * 0.4 * 0.0162146393 m^2 = 2.010 Newtons (approx. 0.452 pounds).

Fairly negligible if my math is right. Mathematically, you could figure out how much force is needed to have the ball travel at a speed without regarding drag, then just tack the drag force onto that. Making something to force a ball to go at that speed will be hard, though.

EDIT1: Fixed a stupid math error (00:49)
EDIT2: Check out this post on drag etc. (01:13)

CIMs have a torque of 45 ounce-inches (0.234375 foot-pounds) at peak efficiency according to the manufacturer. The simplest solution is to just put a wheel on the end of a CIM to increase torque and increase linear momentum conveyed to the ball.

The fun thing about gearing though - it does come with a built-in cost. You can most certainly get a ball to go virtually any speed with a properly-geared CIM and wheel (within reason), but the higher the speed, the longer it will take the for motor to get the shooting wheel back up to launch speeds - don’t expect to fire of a quick volley from that range with only one motor/wheel combo - expect a slower firing rate due to the energy required to fire the ball at that speed and the power available via the motor.

And also, if banebots, one gearbox or two hooked up to a single wheel shooter? (Limit 2 FP, 4 Banebots [R65], and correct me if I am wrong but each box takes two motors)