2014-15 Competition Area Info, Drawings, and Pictures

Below are info, drawings, and pictures of key field and sample elements for the competition.

  • Home Beacon Platform – Detailed drawing of the Home Beacon Platform, including part numbers for screw inserts that teams may use to secure their beacon.
  • Starting Platform – Detailed drawing of the Starting Platform for the robot, including part numbers for the connection points. There will be 3 different bright colors used on the 3 platforms. Currently we have both a red and purple platform. A third colored platform will be added if deemed necessary for challenge timing.
  • Additional Information on Hard Samples – Per the rules, this document contains potential rectilinear markings for the hard samples. Note that there will be three such samples in the Level 2 competition area, each will have one of these marks visible from above (an identifying mark may be used once, multiple times, or not at all). The fill of “contrasting color” is such that it should be observable from the human eye under ambient outside lighting from within 50cm.
  • Terrain Imagery – Images showing the type of terrain, density of natural obstacles, etc, as will be found on the competition course.
    • Satellite Map, Localization Map, and Photos of Reference Features
      • Imagery shows general terrain and some features as they exist on site. New features may have been added since the image was taken and will continue to be added. Watch this page for any updates on new features or new satellite or photo imagery of the collection area. Teams should use the Localization Map to identify those actual features.
      • Current photos taken of competition area highlighting key reference features that can be used for visualization. Those labelled “SZ” are the view from the Starting Zone Area. Note: Features 1020/1021 are granite columns approximately 1 meter in diameter.
      • As shown in the satellite image, teams can expect general terrain to be primarily mowed grass and packed dirt paths. Surfaces may vary from hard ground to soft, walkable ground depending on weather conditions leading up to and during the competition.
      • Vehicles with ground contact points more than 1/2 meter apart should not experience any elevation greater than 30 degrees except in the immediate vicinity of the water hazard.
      • Localization & Topographic Map – Maps which includes permanent, man-made, and natural structures that may be used for localization and navigation. Also includes the starting platform locations and area of interest. All localization data is in meters and relative to the “Reference Point” indicated. Elevations are in feet.
        • Note that the starting zones and pre-cached sample locations are actually 10m diameter ‘areas’ anywhere inside which the zone or sample may be placed. Data points (relative to each other) should be accurate within 10cm. Data points relative to the topographic map are +/- 3m.
        • Localization Data Points is the data corresponding to the marked locations on the maps above.
  • Radio Frequency Information: Preliminary Spectral Analysis indicates no activity throughout the competition area, except low level background noise, on the following bands: 2.4, 5.1, 5.8 GHz.

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