Vertical expansion is limited. Robots may expand vertically within the following conditions:
a. The Robot must not be contacting the gray field tiles in either Low Goal.
b. No part of the Robot may exceed an overall height of 24”. This height limit is a “virtual ceiling,” meaning that no part of any Robot may ever exceed 24” above the foam tiles, regardless of Robot orientation.
c. Any extensions or combinations of extensions above 18” must fit within a vertical cylinder 2” in diameter.
d. There are no vertical expansion limits during the Endgame.
e. Robots may not contact the High Goal, Discs which are Scored in the High Goal, or the horizontal supporting structures directly underneath the High Goal. This rule applies at all times, regardless of Alliance / High Goal color.
Definition of Vertical (Merriam-Webster)
perpendicular to the plane of the horizon or to a primary axis
Below are two images of a robot greater then 18"
Pink - mechanism that is able to flip out and exceed 18" but is within a 2" diameter, and is able to rotationally retract when entering a Low Goal.
Black - 18"x18x"18" robot
Do mechanisms that exceed 18" height have to be perpendicular to the floor?
If yes, is the mechanism in violation of SG5c while rotationally flipping out?
Thank you for your time!