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by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 10:05 am
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 528
Views: 50333

Re: MagLev C

Yeah, I think it depends on the weight of your vehicle too. Cause we had a metal plate stopper that we use for our light car. But with the heavy car, the metal plates wouldn't slow down the car at all, causing it to hit the wood bar at the end of the metal stopper with just about the same velocity ...
by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 9:55 am
Forum: Helicopters B
Topic: Helicopters B
Replies: 139
Views: 21005

Re: Helicopters B

Finally, if you love all things science, do not let them put it in that helicopter eating gym again at UCF. There were two perfectly smooth ceilings in the basket ball courts to the side of that gym. Just to chime in here a bit.. we actually don't have much pull over location choices. Of course we ...
by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 9:48 am
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Elastic Launched Glider C
Replies: 454
Views: 71271

Re: Elastic Launched Glider C

Suggestions for next year. I don't see a way to make gliders more of a data gathering event like i do helicopters. There are too many factors to do things such as add a random weight. Doing so would require time consuming re-trimming for each competitor to be fair. However, i have an idea that might...
by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 9:26 am
Forum: Helicopters B
Topic: Helicopters B
Replies: 139
Views: 21005

Re: Helicopters B

Here is my problem with Helicopters and gliders. Not enough time is spent doing scientific data collection. And with kits you don't even have to do 10 flights. That can be faked. Build to compete, no middle step. Compare that with GV you have to spend a lot of time collecting data to be competitive....
by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 8:58 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Proudest Moments
Replies: 204
Views: 24601

Re: Proudest Moments

I'm fairly certain we never spoke to solon
I thought that was solon you guys took pictures with right after the group photo on the stage.
by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 7:15 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Proudest Moments
Replies: 204
Views: 24601

Re: Proudest Moments

My proudest moment came when the build team decided to wear the suits. For those that don't know, it used to be a tradition to wear the suits at the awards ceremony. A symbol of being a scholastic nerd and proud of it. Each of those suits have been on the national stage several times before. Many go...
by erikb
May 23rd, 2013, 5:06 am
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 528
Views: 50333

Re: MagLev C

Just wondering what is the normal stopping mechanism at the competitions? I know when this was done last year as a trial event in WI, there was nothing to stop it from going past the track. The best stopping mechanism was using a magnetic plate that curved up to catch the car. It caught our mag-lev...
by erikb
May 22nd, 2013, 6:16 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Elastic Launched Glider C
Replies: 454
Views: 71271

Re: Elastic Launched Glider C

Also, not to be difficult, but we are talking about the team that won the national tournament in this event. While I'm sorry you aren't as happy with your times as you might have been otherwise, I'm a little disheartened to think that you aren't excited or proud to be the best elastic launch glider...
by erikb
May 22nd, 2013, 3:00 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Elastic Launched Glider C
Replies: 454
Views: 71271

Re: Elastic Launched Glider C

@jander14indoor

You're right. We have competed too much with the AMA folks. It's not the same events. Our mind set is the best possible time. In the best possible conditions.
by erikb
May 22nd, 2013, 7:36 am
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Elastic Launched Glider C
Replies: 454
Views: 71271

Re: Elastic Launched Glider C

I get the feeling that the event staff is a little defensive from everyone blaming them for everything. So let me say this in bold and underlined. No one at Poudre blames the event staff in any way for what happened. Don't make me do it in all caps. Cause i will. I know that if the event staff will ...

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