(section: c / line: all)
Yes. Systems will have questions concerning the motions and properties of both the exoplanets and their stars. The exoplanets listed as objects will be dealt with as individual objects though there is the possibility of questions concerning the effects of the exoplanets on their parent stars.
(section: 2 / paragraph: 1 / line: 4)
Yes, H5N5 is the only Bird Flu on the National Official List. Check with your State or Regional Director if they will be using a different list.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Yes, as long as the tape is easily removable and does not impact other subsequent teams' testing.
(section: 4 / paragraph: l / sub-paragraph: ii / line: 1)
Anything related to power generators in general is a valid question, which could include aspects of the power plants.
(section: 2 / paragraph: A / line: 2)
Yes, the TI-Nspire does count as a non-camera capability calculator. It can be used in the Chem Lab SO competition.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph: N/A / line: N/A)
The loading block is to be aligned with the centerline of the test base which would be the center of the Bridge span when it is placed on the Test Support on one side and the Bearing Zone of the Test Base on the other side.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
No, the 2 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm block will not be secured to the Test Base.
(section: 5 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
If the test support falls over, loading will stop and the weight held at that time will be used to calculate the final score. There will not be a second try at testing the bridge.
(section: 2 / paragraph: d / line: 2)
Yes, as long as the capacitors are discharged before the run and any electrical power in the capacitor after the discharge comes from the allowed batteries/cells, then they are allowed.
(section: 2 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
Yes, encoders are allowed.
(section: 4 / line: para.4)
(section: 4 / paragraph: h / line: 19)
Yes, laser pointers are always to be controlled by human operators (see the general SO policy on lasers at https://www.soinc.org/lasers ) and the vehicle must run autonomously, so laser pointers must not be used during a run.