Feb 272013

Nope. All you need to know that it is always possible (barely) to land.

Instead of thinking about how to get past a portion of the domain before the gate does, I suggest that you ignore the gate and just think about how to get to the bottom (safely) as soon as possible. If you get to the bottom in as little time as possible, you are guaranteed to get past the gate.

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Feb 262013

Getting past the gate and not crashing on the landing pad is the hard part. The rest is easy.

You do NOT have to write scripts that automatically land the spuCraft. It is so much simpler to define a switch that will return to manual control. Then you can land by hand.

Feb 252013

Wily is very similar to Rookie, but the differences are important.

In the Intermediate level, you no longer have access to the buoyancy force, Fb. But in instead, you get position and velocity from another point on its path.

Can you think about how you can use this information to replace the old information you lost? Think about it!

If you’re still stuck, you can click here.

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Feb 232013

The latching condition is quite sensitive. Although it may appear that the payload is in the right place at the right time, it needs to be almost exact for the latch to occur.

The thing to note here is that when you tell the platform to go to a specific height, it doesn’t get there instantaneously. It takes a little time. Also, it takes a little time to come to a complete stop. To ensure that you have plenty of time to get the platform to the right place and bring it to a complete stop, I suggest the following things to avoid:

  • Do not turn on your input script before the spuCraft passes the light gate. If you turn on your input script before the gate, then platform placement is based on bad information. Then, when the spuCraft does  pass through the gate, the platform hast to travel a long distance to get to the right place. Under those circumstances, it doesn’t get there in time.
  • Do not wait to long, after passing the light gate, to turn on your script. Again, the platform might not reach its destination and come to a complete stop in time.

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Feb 212013

You only have control of the platform height. In general, you do not have control over the platform speed. The only instance for which you have control of the platform speed is when the platform speed is ZERO.

So instead of trying to make the speed of the platform match the speed of the spuCraft, maybe you should think about the speed of the spuCraft matching the speed of the platform.

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Feb 212013

Next, I would suggest that you make a list of the quantities in the problem that you know, and those that you want to know.

In particular, you should look at what we call the boundary conditions. Answer the following questions:

  • When the spuCraft goes through the light gate, what quantities doe you know?
  • When the spuCraft latches onto the payload, what quantity/quantities do you know?
  • When the spuCraft latches onto the payload, what quantity/quantities do you want to find?

What are the forces acting on the spuCraft between the light gate and the payload latch? Given this, how can you use Newton’s Second Law or the Work-Energy Principle to relate the boundary conditions. In particular, you need to relate the the things you want to know to the things you know.

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Feb 212013

First, I suggest that you formulate a general strategy. How are you going to get the spuCraft to latch onto the payload? As described in the video, you need to hold the payload a fixed distance from Pokey while Pokey and the payload are going at exactly the same speed.

How are you going to do that?

You may remember that the input for the Drop world was the thruster force. Do you know what the input for the Lift world is? If not, I want you to go to the spuPilot and find out what it is.

Click here when you know what the input is.

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Feb 212013

As I discussed else where (… switch to new input script?), it is necessary to switch to a new input script, defined by you, when the spuCraft passes through the light gate.

However, if you switch input scripts a half second or so after passing through the light gate, you’ll probably be fine. If you switch just a little too early, you’ll probably be fine too.

Since you do not have to make the switch at a precise time, you can use the manual switch rather than the trigger.

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