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Pulsar

Pulsar is a wide heavyweight robot, armed with a 14.5kg single-tooth spinning drum, that competed in the 2016 series of Robot Wars, the series for which the robot was built. The 9000RPM spinning drum is hugely powerful, capable of throwing other robots into the air and overturning them. However, Pulsar’s wheels are exposed overhead due to it being invertible. The robot features a number of 3D printed parts.

The robot's armour consists of 8mm HARDOX wear-resistant steel on the front wedge and chassis, and 4.5mm ARMOX steel on the top and base plates. However, the back end protecting the wheels is made only of plastic. It is powered by 16Ah 12s Lipo batteries.

The name Pulsar is derived from a type of neutron star that radiates electromagnetic beams in space.

Robot History Edit

Series 8Edit

Pulsar

Pulsar will appear in Episode 5 where it will fight three veterans, Chompalot, Ironside 3 and Thermidor 2 in its first round melee. Pulsar was originally intended to compete in an earlier heat, but withdrew due to technical issues. Pulsar was granted a second chance to compete, in the fifth episode, after Pod withdrew. Despite the team's confidence, Pulsar was incredibly passive in its first-round melee, after sustaining a big blow from Ironside3 in the opening stages, bending Pulsar's wheels. It avoided the action afterwards in order to spin up its drum, blowing away dirt on the arena floor, unable to move properly, eventually losing drive to one half of the machine, and was left driving circles in the centre of the arena. It caused damage to Chompalot when the dragon drove onto Pulsar's wedge, but after being pushed, Pulsar became completely immobile. The pit was depressed, and Chompalot edged Pulsar ever closer to it, although Pulsar did not go down, and survived until a Judges' decision, where a unanimous vote eliminated Pulsar.

Despite this early exit, Pulsar was given another chance to rejoin the competition when Chompalot withdrew due to a devastating loss where the robot caught fire. Given the choice between Thermidor 2 and Pulsar, the Judges chose to reinstate Pulsar. Pulsar went into its head-to-head match with Beast on 0 points, due to Chompalot's earlier loss. Pulsar remained stationary to spin up its drum, also struggling with its mobility again, while Beast missed with a flip. Pulsar used the chance to get underneath Beast, and attack its underbelly. Beast made little effort to move away, and Pulsar snuck around the side to throw it up with the drum, and hit it a second time upon landing. This double attack immobilised Beast, and Pulsar earned its three points very quickly.

Pulsar went into its next head-to-head against the robot that immobilised it in the first round, Ironside3. Both spinners got up to speed, and when the two collided, Pulsar won out, throwing Ironside3 into the air, and over. While Ironside3 tried to self-right, Pulsar caused more damage to its srimech using the drum, and pushed it into Sir Killalot. However, controversy struck, because Sir Killalot accidentally righted the struggling Ironside3, and Pulsar lost mobility on one side again. Pulsar could only turn in circles and spin its drum in self-defense, until it became completely immobile. Ironside3 pushed Pulsar into the pit, but fell in alongside it, so the battle was sent to the Judges. It was ruled by the Judges that because Ironside3 was immobile for over ten seconds during the fight, Pulsar would be awarded the full 3 points for a win via KO.

This placed Pulsar at the top of the leaderboard with six points, level with the other Heat Finalist, Gabriel, creating a Heat Final between two robot that had never fought. Pulsar found it difficult to find parts of Gabriel to attack, but managed to throw it over by hitting the sword while it rode along the floor. Pulsar's small size also allowed it to dodge Gabriel's attacks, though it took a big blow to the wheels. Pulsar put a large bend in Gabriel's wheel, and threw it over with several slams. Despite being in the lead, Pulsar had a scare when it stopped moving near Sir Killalot. Gabriel prepared to attack, but Pulsar came back to life, and reversed away. Dodging further attacks, Pulsar flipped Gabriel onto its side, tearing rubber away, while the pit was opened. Pulsar drove underneath the axlebot, but once again stopped moving in the same position as before. Gabriel attacked the lifeless Pulsar, kickstarting its drive again, but Pulsar ceased for a third time shortly afterwards, where it sustained a barrage of blows from Gabriel. Pulsar revived once again, and ripped a piece of steel from Gabriel, throwing it towards a camera. Pulsar landed one final blow, and cease was called. The Judges unanimously declared Pulsar the winner, and it qualified for the Grand Final.

At the start of the battle, Pulsar drove into Thor, with a bigger slam ripping away one of Thor's wheel guards. Pulsar caused further damage to the wedges of Thor, but after being pushed into Shunt by TR2, Pulsar lost mobility. It regained life, but only on one side of the drive, reviving the recurring issue of Pulsar becoming immobile on one side. Pulsar was flipped over by TR2, and then axed by Thor and Shunt. Once again, Pulsar could not move, but was righted by Shunt, restoring partial mobility again, which was lost when lifted by TR2. Shunt attacked Pulsar with its axe, stopping the drum from spinning briefly, and confirming that Pulsar was immobilised by flipping it over. Pulsar had once again fallen prey to its own faulty motors, and was eliminated from the competition.

Series 9Edit

Results Edit

Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
UK Robot Wars Series 8 Episode 5 Group Battle Chompalot

Ironside 3

Thermidor 2

Eliminated
Head to Heads

(in place of

Chompalot)

Beast Won by KO

(3 Points)

Ironside 3 Won by KO

(3 Points)

Final Gabriel Won
Grand Final Group Battle Thor

TR2

Eliminated
UK Robot Wars Series 9 Episode 4 Group Battle Apex

Crushtacean

Ironside 3

Qualified
Head to Heads Ironside 3 Drew by

Judge's Decision

(2 Points)

Supernova Won by KO

(3 Points)

Wyrm Won by KO

(3 Points)

Final Ironside 3 Lost

Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 6
  • Losses: 3
  • Draws: 1

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