BATTLEBEACH III Report What a way to kick off the 2005 robot combat season! 87 bots met in Daytona Beach for a weekend of competition on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, April 2nd and 3rd. There were competitors from as far away as New York and Puerto Rico. We took our middleweight Heavy Metal Noise and had some great fights with good damage and flipping of bots. We took three early wins as well as some punishment by a fearsome drumbot, Aneurysm. While we were fighting the #2 Middleweight in the nation, Devil?s Plunger, (and definitely giving them a run for their money) we had an electronics failure and the drive train stopped responding. Too bad we couldn?t have lasted another sixty seconds, as their bot was emitting smoke when we went in to retrieve the robots. They had also fried their electronics, apparently just seconds after we stopped moving. We ended up with a fourth place finish in a strong field of ten middleweights. We drove the 5 hours back to Tallahassee Sunday night and came away from the event with some good ideas to incorporate into our new bot design. Our target is to have BrainStorm together in time for an event in New Orleans this July. More details as the build progresses! Jay and Valerie www.bigbangrobotics.com A BIG THANK YOU 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 We also would like to extend a warm welcome to Rapid Response Products, a Fenner Partner. They are contributing a shipment of custom pulleys and belts that will finish out the drive train of BrainStorm: 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!