ASC 2016: Day 6

Day 6 of the American Solar Challenge continues the run towards Scotts Bluff National Monument:

After the Homestead National Monument checkpoint, the route enters the mountains, which will be a challenge. There is a climb of about 920 m (3000 ft) between Homestead N.M. and Scotts Bluff:

The weather looks like it will be mostly sunny in Kansas, though perhaps with some rain in Nebraska. The Principia team noted a beautiful sunrise in Holton, KS – a morning with promise!

There has been some news coverage of yesterday’s leg of the race:

Update 1: Here are early GPS positions (missing Michigan, Toronto, and Dunwoody, who seem to have nonfunctional GPS units). However, Michigan is already at the Homestead checkpoint.

No Team Speed Distance Media
42 Missouri S&T 81 km/h (50 mph) 94 km (58 mi) to Homestead
32 Principia 82 km/h (51 mph) 116 km (72 mi) to Homestead
828 Appalachian State (Sunergy) 60 km/h (37 mph) 127 km (79 mi) to Homestead
6 Berkeley (CalSol) 56 km/h (35 mph) 141 km (88 mi) to Homestead
17 Illinois State 55 km/h (34 mph) 194 km (121 mi) to Homestead
35 Minnesota 69 km/h (43 mph) 199 km (124 mi) to Homestead
9 Iowa State (PrISUm) 74 km/h (46 mph) 208 km (129 mi) to Homestead
92 ETS Quebec (Eclipse) 46 km/h (28 mph) 223 km (138 mi) to Homestead
55 Poly Montreal (Esteban) 230 km (143 mi) to Homestead

Speeds here are taken directly from the GPS feed, so may be unreliable. Distances are measured along the route.

Update 2: First arrivals into Homestead were Michigan (2) at 09:15:27, Toronto (77) at 10:29:03, and Dunwoody (51) at 10:37:52.

Update 3: The timing board is as follows:

Team Start Topeka In Topeka Out Homestead In Homestead Out
2 Michigan 09:00 14:30:31 15:15:31 09:15:27 10:00:27
6 Berkeley 09:08 16:07:35 16:52:35 12:07:14 12:52:14
9 Iowa State 09:07 17:13:45 17:58:45 12:57:33 13:42:33
17 Illinois State 09:07 16:46:45 17:31:45 13:09:35 13:53:50
32 Principia 09:01 15:55:32 16:40:32 11:24:24 12:09:24
35 Minnesota 09:03 17:00:42 17:45:42 13:09:35 13:54:35
42 Missouri S&T 09:02 15:41:25 16:26:25 10:56:10 11:41:10
51 Dunwoody 09:02 15:25:54 16:10:54 10:37:52 11:22:52
55 Poly Montreal 09:09 17:22:51 18:07:51
77 Toronto 09:01 15:20:26 16:05:26 10:29:03 11:14:03
92 ETS Quebec 09:08 17:25:52 18:10:52 13:17:37 14:02:37
828 App State 09:05 16:00:51 16:45:51 11:35:11 12:20:11

Since Nebraska is apparently a dead zone for cellular coverage, and GPS feeds have therefore failed, here are estimated end-of-day positions using average speeds from the table above:

Here is the Homestead checkpoint:

And here is Michigan rolling through the Nebraska Sandhills, still in the lead:

Poly Montreal (55) has apparently trailered due to battery issues. Here is a summary of other team reports (in descending order of distance travelled):

I’m not sure about Berkeley (team 6).

Update 4: Here are those reported positions on the map:


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