2009 Challenge: Lunacy
The 2009 challenge, "Lunacy," is a unique and exciting combination of basketball and air hockey. Played on a 27 by 54 ft. rectangular field, two alliances, each consisting of 3 robots, try to score multi-colored spheres into "Trailers" attached to the opposing alliance's robots while simultaneously defending their own "Trailers." Two points are scored when purple spheres, known as Moon Rocks, or blue spheres, known as Empty Cells, are placed in one of the opposing alliance's "Trailers." In the last 20 seconds of the match, robots can exchange Empty Cells for green Super Cells at “Fueling Stations” located in the corners of the field. When a Super Cell is scored in an opponent’s “Trailer,” it is worth 15 points. This year, a new element was introduced into the game: the floor material on the field. Instead of carpet, the field is made of of a slippery plastic to simulate the low friction encountered on the moon's surface due to the moon's low gravity, making maneuvering quite difficult and swerving inevitable.
Used with permission of FIRST, NASA, Havabanana Productions. (c) 2009.