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VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:07:30 -0400
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Here are the rules about Safety:

R14 says that you have to be asking questions about Equipment or Models
that are completely in Safety, since no object can stay partly in and
partly out of Safety (except for non-strategic Storage [R11])

R14 – Stranding – If the UNINTERRUPTED Robot loses contact with something
it was transporting, that thing must be allowed to come to rest. Once it
does, here’s what happens, depending on its rest location...

● Equipment

   - Completely in Safety: Keep it.
   - Partly in Safety: Take it completely into Safety + keep it + Junk
   Penalty (immediately logged on Ref’s Sheet).
   - Completely outside Safety: Leave it as is.

● Model

   - Completely in Safety: Keep it.
   - Partly in Safety: Give it to the Ref (out of play).
   - Completely outside Safety: Leave it as is.

You may hand-recover unintended fragments from a truly broken Robot any
time, with no Penalty.


R10 says that the Technicians can touch objects completely in Safety:

   1.

   R10 – Hands Off – If something on the Field is not completely in Safety,
   you are not allowed to touch it except as specifically described in a
   Mission, Rule, or Update.

R12 allows the Technicians to "arrange [objects] as desired" as part of a
Launch

   1.

   R12 – Launching – A proper Launch (or re-Launch) goes like this:
   -

      ●  Ready Situation
      -

         Your Robot and everything related to its next Autonomous period
         are arranged as desired and all completely contained within
and under the
         limits of BASE.
         -

         The Ref can see that nothing in Base is moving, and that you’re
         not touching anything.

So, the answers to the questions are generally:  Yes--your team may handle
objects that are completely in Safety and load them onto the Robot for
delivery or other use.

Two things to note:
R12 requires that the Robot and everything it will be using is completely
within *BASE* for a launch.

D08 says that if you want to "attach" a model, like Methane, to the Robot,
then the attachment has to be kind of loose:

D08 - Model –

   -
   -

   ●  If you combine a Model with something, the combination must be loose
   enough that if asked to do so, you could pick the Model up and nothing
   else would come with it.


Steve Scherr
Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor


On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:45 PM, Neal Sikka <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Can anyone clarify-
>
> Can the team place, for example, the engine from safety onto the robot?
>  or must the robot pick it up on its own?
>
> Same for methane, if brought into safety, could they be attached to the
> robot then sent back out for delivery to the truck, etc?
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
> Neal
>
> Neal Sikka
> [log in to unmask]
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