2005 Season Report It seems impossible that September is already upon us, but 2005 is indeed flying by. This was a short season for our team, with great events in Daytona Beach ("BattleBeach" www.battlebeach.com) and New Orleans ("Robotic Revolution" www.secr.org; their server is down due to hurricane damage). We had some great matches and most importantly feel confident we finally identified the component that had been causing intermittent loss of control in our drive train during the last couple of seasons. We have been using an on-board electronic mixer to give us the ability to easily drive while inverted. This one electronic board (an IMX-1, the size of a credit card) was apparently intermittently locking up and freezing all input to the drive train, possibly due to electronic interference or noise within the robot itself. With this component removed from the robot we have finally eliminated the problem. PREPARING FOR 2006 The 2005 season also firmly convinced us that HMN is due for an extreme makeover. HMN continues to be a solid robot and is fun to drive and entertaining to watch, but the advances in armoring materials and increases in weapon power the sport has seen over the last two years require a serious engineering response to return HMN to his glory days. With the assistance of our sponsors Fenner Drives and Rapid Response Products we are building a new generation of HMN. We are replacing the aluminum channel chassis with a welded chrom-moly 4130 steel frame, upping the voltage and RPM on the weapon system significantly and replacing the aluminum weapon disks with a gargantuan solid titanium bar. When the 2006 season cranks up we expect to be back in top form ? stay tuned for more details! Jay and Valerie www.bigbangrobotics.com ******************** THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! It takes more than a great idea to compete in robotic sports and we are fortunate to have the support of a great company: Fenner Drives. They?ve supplied new Trantorque GT units for Heavy Metal Noise and we continue to be impressed with their entire line of power transmission products: www.fennerdrives.com Thanks also to Rapid Response Products, a Fenner Partner. They have sent us a generous shipment of custom pulleys and belts: www.rapidresponseproducts.com ******************** ANTI-SPAM MESSAGE: We hope you enjoy our occasional updates but if you wish to be removed from this mailing list, just send an email to bigbangrobotics-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx and put "unsubscribe" (without the quotes) in the Subject line of the email. Thanks!