If falling becomes embarrassingly rampant, Pratt has a backup plan—teams might be able to pull their robot from the course, and reset it back at the beginning. This would roughly simulate sending a second machine into a disaster zone, once the first one fails. The clock would not stop, however, during this process, and no new points would be awarded for tasks completed up to the point where the bot had to be extricated. Whether it results in physical incapacitation, immediate disqualification, or a time-sucking return to the starting line, a fall could mean everything in the DRC. Who care how strong, perceptive, and dextrous your robot is, if it's lying inert on the course?