Next in our whistle-stop tour of the Federation is Dan Rubin's Robot Command Centre, another vehicle designed to overcome the limitations of wheeled transport.
The Robot Command Center fills a role in the fleet that was left lacking for some time. Although we have mobile rocket-launching vehicles, we had no capability to maintain control once a rocket passed over the horizon, unless a ship was in the system. Now, we’re able to establish a command and control presence on a new world simply by depositing one or more of these babies on a planet. They are able to quickly establish a network of control, using the standard satellite rocket launched from the back. The Robot Command Centers also allow us to move our ground staff out of the way of alien weather systems.
Dan explains his design process: Set 6951, the Robot Command Center was my absolute favorite Classic Space set (of the sets I actually had) when I was growing up. When the opportunity came up to create a Neo Classic Space MOC, my mind immediately went to this set. It was basically a mecha, except that the legs didn’t move at all, and the arms were attached to the knees. I figured that new parts and techniques would allow me to do something really cool with this idea. I did decide to lose a few of the play features from the original, even though I like them. There was just something about a little ship docking in my mecha’s crotch that didn’t seem right.