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January 26

As we enter the second week, we have been designing the main structure of this year’s robot. Working over the week and going into the weekend, we’ve made many sketches and calculations along with dimensioning and optimizing the alignment of mechanisms. Starting from the base up, we have the drivetrain. This year we have decided to use a Tank Drive because this fast pace game challenges us to have speed in our driving rather than accuracy. We saw many advantages to a Tank Drive than a Swerve drive in that testing a swerve drive would be very risky for our software team. We have never used a Swerve Drive for our robots before, although arguably useful, the better alternative is the Tank Drive. Additionally, our drivers are already familiar with the controls that accompany it. This simple design allows us to maximize the spacing on a 29.5x29.5 square inch drivetrain and reduces the spacing issue we’ve had in the past between mechanisms and electrical designing.                            
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Day two of the season went by in the blink of an eye. Great discussions were made, and our priority list started to finalize. Finishing off day two and starting day three, here’s a recap of what happened. Our build team worked hard to finish most of the practice field. The Hangar Zone has practically been completed, but some minor adjustments for the Low Rung still need to be made. As we continue to vigorously work, we will hopefully see the whole Hub and Terminal Area finished in the next couple of days. Thanks again to build for getting our practice field done. Now, we can better visualize as we begin prototyping.                 With our priority list finalized after day two, our team has done much research and looked into shooting in the Lower Hub this season. Having to understand that point values are very valuable this season, we think that there is much value in having a fast cycle time, so targeting the Lower Hub would best meet our needs. In terms of the game and how we want t

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