- "Musn't swan about in its first Robot Wars!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Cygnus X-1
Cygnus X-1 is the name of a well-known black hole in the Cygnus constellation. The word itself is Latin for "swan."
Its team also entered a featherweight robot called Cygnus in the featherweight battles of Series 7, which also lost in the first round.
Cygnus X-1 was a grey wedge shape robot with strong armour that was armed with a 10-bar rear-hinged flipper. The flipper could flip a couple of 18 stone concrete blocks in testing, but despite the flipper's power, it could not self-right the robot, which ended up costing it dearly in its only battle.
- Jayne Middlemiss: "What do you most dread in the arena?"
- Cygnus X-1 Team: "The pit, definitely the pit!"
- — Pre-battle interview.
Cygnus X-1's battle started by having Terror Turtle launched towards it by Atomic, before it slid underneath Terror Turtle itself but failed to catch it with a significant enough flip, as a ram from S.M.I.D.S.Y. knocked Terror Turtle aside. S.M.I.D.S.Y. then hassled Cygnus X-1, and just as it turned to defend itself from the seeded machine, Atomic charged in with a broadside flip which landed Cygnus X-1 upside down against the angle grinder. Cygnus X-1 used its flipper in an attempt to self-right, but could only push itself away from the angle grinder. Terror Turtle then climbed up Cygnus X-1 as it attacked its base, before the turtle was swiftly flipped out of the arena by Atomic. With Terror Turtle gone, S.M.I.D.S.Y. decided to attack the overturned Cygnus X-1, bundling it across the arena floor and into the side wall before it was also attacked by Atomic. Cygnus X-1's flipper activated again to try to right itself, but still found itself firmly propped against the arena wall. Two more flips from Atomic saw Cygnus X-1 roll onto its back, where it tried in vain one final time to get back onto its wheels, before Refbot completed his count out of the overturned machine.
- "The wheels are turning on Cygnus but there's very little life in there."
- — Jonathan Pearce as the overturned Cygnus X-1 fails to self-right
|CYGNUS X-1 - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat G, Round 1||vs. Atomic, S.M.I.D.S.Y. (13), Terror Turtle||Eliminated|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Cygnus X-1 Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
- Cygnus X-1 was the only robot in Series 7 defeated by Atomic that was not thrown out of the arena.