Robodox April 2012 Newsletter tells the story of team 599 at San Diego and Long Beach regional competitions. They performed well but came up a little short of qualifying for nationals. This was one of our better robots and the team should be proud that it functioned just as designed.
The rest of the season will see the team at the Vex world championships at Anaheim convention center near Disneyland in mid April and building an awesome T-shirt pneumatic cannon robot. We will continue to improve the Radiologist to clean up some open performance issues…. namely getting the shooter PID function to work as designed. We had to run it open loop at the competitions because of encoder problems and some strange timing issues. If it works, this will be the first 599 velocity PID using the WPILIB PID controller function. I wrote several blog posts on how to set gains on a velocity PID function but some how software issues have plagued us and we have not been able to use the theory.