Our bot is designed to hang off of the level 3 HAB and might drop off after a match ends if we can’t retrieve it for a few minutes. Will this be construed as unsafe under rule S1 and prevent us from passing inspection? We know you aren’t allowed to comment on specific designs, but S1 doesn’t address acts that happen after the match and we couldn’t find any rule that does. In prior years, robots have fallen to the ground after the match so we have assumed that this is ok but would like to be sure
asked 6 days ago by FRC 694
You’re right, we cannot rule on ROBOT designs, and the final decision as to legality of a particular ROBOT lies with the Lead ROBOT Inspector (LRI) at each event. Generally, a ROBOT that lowers to the floor after being DISABLED is not considered unsafe; nor is a ROBOT which falls in an expected way based on the way it is suspended. FIELD Staff are encouraged to treat all ROBOTS which appear to be suspended in any way with caution and work with Teams to remove them from the FIELD in a safe way. On the other hand, there are ways that this can happen that are unsafe. For example, if the ROBOT moves quickly or unexpectedly once ALLIANCE partners are out on the FIELD retrieving their ROBOTS in a way that may surprise or injure them, you’re likely going to be required to remedy that hazard before being allowed to compete again.
S1 applies in this case because the hazardous condition will have been found ‘before the next MATCH’ (though immediately after the MATCH that just completed).