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If this project is approved I will add a short step by step video later this eve, which also confirms the twenty four hundred and twnety five piece count, as well as a closer look at all features of this rocket, shuttle, and rover. So please check back and view it if you have time and like this concept.
This I think is one of the most important space sets to hit Lego Ideas too date, for simple fact it is designed around the exact planned Mars Mission rocket and shuttle combination, the Space X. Landing humans on the red planet is what Von Braun himself and many before him dreamed of, not just the moon itself. And too achieve this would be the pinnacle achievement of any space program thus far. The launch is planned to take place as early as two thousand thirty two. Here it is in Lego for your entertainment a good fifteen years before the planned mission takes place.
The set is twenty four hundred and twenty five pieces total, complete with massive reusable rockets, which are designed for vertical landing. The engines are called raptors, which are again completey reusable methane burning engines. They are the key to colonizing Mars. They are not just located on the main rocket, but also the shuttle itself has the same reusable engines. Each engine alone has thirty seven components and the shuttle has twin hinged opening features at the nose cone and base of the command shuttle, which gives one easy access to the main storage compartment or main cockpit. There you will find a crew in the cockpit and a fully operational Mars Rover in the storage compartment.
You see the concept of landing a rocket vertical on a planet with very thin air takes exact calculations, as one mistake the entire craft could explode. A million things could go wrong, and only one possible positive outcome if everything goes as planned.
The Rover is most important, as once the main shuttle lands, their loaction could be several miles away from the main base camp. Which in theory has already been setup by an early crew composed of just androids. I wanted to build that first rocket as well, but piece count would have quickly became and issue if I attempted to construct a second rocket and entire base camp.
The long term goal on Mars, would be to find a large underground area where a main base could be setup, complete with self substaining greenhouse etc..
1. The Shuttle has a very unique twin hinged concept, which allows access into nose cone in front command center of shuttle, as well as the storage compartment which houses the Rover.
2. Also located in the storage compartment is four vertical sleep chambers for crew, and other comptuer components.
3.The Rover's six tires and wheels are also stored on rods in storage compartment, as the Rover would not fit in capsule with wheels in place. So one simply lands the shuttle vertically. Pop the top and remove the Rover, add its six wheels and you are off to explore the surface of the red planet and locate the base camp.
4. The main rocket itself has a unque inner working of vertcial engines, as well as two massive tanks of fuel. One is green and the other is yellow. They store oxygen and methane, which makes up most of the interior of the main booster rocket. Basically all the fuel required for the trip to Mars.
5. This set has a four person crew, as one is in the Rover cockpit and other three are in the main control room of the shuttle. Please see the up close pictures of the Rover, where I have all four crew inside of it for the up close pictures, with again one in cockpit and the other three in rear of the Rover.
6. Lastly the main shuttle connects to the main rocket at six points, and of course is totally detachable from main rocket. As far as my understanding of how it all works, the main shuttle would land vertically, and later could take back off, connect again with main rocket in orbit, and return back to Earth.
This set has many playable features and would display very well. I think it would be a great learning tool for the next generation, so as to inspire them to wanna explore Mars and space perhaps themselves one day.