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“Two alliances of deep space travelers race to place hatch panels on their rockets and cargo ship, load valuable cargo for transport off the planet, and return to the safety of their habitat, all before the next sandstorm sweeps through.” (2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Destination: Deep Space Game Animation*). Designed by a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) alumni, volunteer, and mentor, this LEGO set is a scale model of half of the Destination: Deep Space field, the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition (http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc) game.
Official Destination: Deep Space Game Reveal Video
About Destination: Deep Space
The main objective of the game is for the two opposing alliances - each consisting of three teams - to try to score the most points. Each robot starts on their own HAB zone, a raised platform in front of their alliance station. The match starts with a “sandstorm”, a brief period where the vision of the drivers is obstructed so that they cannot see the field. They work to place hatch panels onto one of six ports on either of their rockets, and one of eight ports on their cargo ship. Robots can also deliver cargo to their rockets and cargo ship. At the end of the match, points are earned by the abundance of cargo and panels in their respective positions. Points are also scored by robots who end the match in their HAB zone. This zone consists of three platforms with points being earned depending on the height of the platform. The alliance that earns the most points wins the match!
Each half of the field contains an alliance station: three player stations and two loading stations. Behind the player stations are accommodations to hold up to 12 pieces of cargo and 22 hatch panels. The loading station is used by the human players to pass panels and cargo to their robots. In front of the alliance station is the HAB zone, where the robots start, is directly adjacent to two “depots” which hold six pieces of valuable cargo each. Towards the middle of the field is the cargo ship and the two rockets.
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This LEGO set includes:
- Half of the Destination: Deep Space field
- HAB platform with two depots
- 1 cargo ship
- 2 rockets
- 24 cargo (Orange Balls)
- 22 hatch panels (white disks)
- 1 alliance player station
- 3 mock robots of the Red Alliance with 12 Minifigures
- 3 mock robots of the Blue Alliance with 12 Minifigures
- Minifigure of Dean Kamen, FIRST founder
- Minifigure of Woodie Flowers, Distinguished Advisor to FIRST
This set contains the elements needed to replicate one half of the playing field (Blue Alliance is shown in the images). With parts to change alliance colors (to Red Alliance), an additional set can be used to complete the other half of the field. By getting two sets, a person can replicate the complete playing field. A single set includes about 1500 pieces.
Six example robots are included in this set. Three robots are part of the Red Alliance, and three robots are part of the Blue Alliance. These robots are loosely based on the game reveal animation video. One could even design their own Destination: Deep Space bot to complete the challenges in the LEGO model, just like in the FIRST Robotics Competition game!
FIRST and LEGO already have a strong partnership through FIRST LEGO League Junior (http://www.juniorfirstlegoleague.org/) and the FIRST LEGO League (http://www.firstlegoleague.org/). With this third iteration of our annual LEGO FIRST set, our set designers further adapt and expand the use of LEGOs not only in competition with younger students, but also with practical application and efficient discussion of strategy for the current game.
There is one other contributor to this set: ptarsoly. Both of us give our explicit permission to use our work (as shown above) in this set.
* “2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Destination: Deep Space Game Animation.” YouTube, uploaded by FIRSTRoboticsCompetition, 5 January 2019,