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The Destiny expedition is a Tau'ri contingent from Icarus Base containing both civilian and military personnel. They were forced to flee through the Stargate to the Ancient spaceship Destiny, billions of light-years from Earth, and have made it into their base of operations.


"This ship could be the most important discovery mankind has made since the Stargate itself."
Nicholas Rush[src]

Icarus Base, constructed to dial the ninth chevron address.

Following the procurement of a nine chevron Stargate address of unknown purpose, Icarus Base was set up to eventually dial it. Once a stable wormhole was achieved and the destination examined for viability, the creation and deployment of a proper scientific and military contingent would have followed.

However, as a result of the sudden attack and subsequent evacuation of Icarus Base to the nine chevron address, this plan was never carried through. Instead, the roughly 80 military and civilian personnel unable to evacuate by ship were forced through the gate blind, discovering the Ancient ship Destiny. Because of this, the Destiny expedition currently consists of a mish-mash of random people who are ill-prepared and unqualified for this kind of work. This, in conjunction with the condition of the aged Destiny, causes mere survival for the expedition to be an ever-present and ongoing issue. However, as they have no way home, the crew is forced to make the best of what they have, in the hopes that one day they'll discover a means to get home. (SGU: "Air, Part 1", "Air, Part 2")



"Make sure everyone carries as much of the expedition supplies as they can... ...You're not going to Earth. Rush dialed the ninth chevron."
Everett Young[src]

The expedition shortly after arrival.

During the Battle of Icarus Base and the ensuing evacuation, Dr. Nicholas Rush stopped Sgt. Hunter Riley from dialing Earth, instead dialing the nine chevron address; the Destiny. They discovered that they were stranded, unable to return home, but in possession of a Long-range communication device that allowed them to contact Earth on a regular basis. (SGU: "Air, Part 1", "Air, Part 2")

Upon arriving aboard Destiny, they almost immediately discovered breaches in the ship's hull and a failing life support system. The system was repaired with lime deposits taken from a desert planet. Soon after, power across the entire ship failed, leaving only life support active. The ship dropped out of FTL, its course taking it into a nearby star. Though a habitable planet was within range, the ship's true purpose was to use the star as a fuel source to replenish its reactors. (SGU: "Air, Part 3", "Darkness", "Light")

Some time later, the ship's water stores began to rapidly dwindle. Destiny stopped at Hoth so the crew could collect more. While Colonel Everett Young and Lt. Matthew Scott went to get water, the expedition discovered that a colony of Dust bugs from the desert planet had come through the gate and were feeding on the water to multiply. They successfully lured the creatures through the gate to Hoth while Scott and Young returned with fresh water. Sgt. Spencer was also discovered hoarding food and water; Young let him off with a warning. The water from Hoth was later discovered to contain a virulent contagion which killed the entire crew in two alternate timelines. Through the use of a Kino sent back in time through the Stargate, the disaster was eventually averted through the use of squiggler venom. (SGU: "Water", "Time")

A few days later, the International Oversight Advisory proposed a plan that could potentially bring the expedition home. When Young was reluctant to implement it due to the risk of destroying the ship, Colonel David Telford was put in charge, using the communication device to control Young's body. Rush staged an elaborate worst-case scenario to trick Telford into deactivating the communication device. Various simulations run by Eli Wallace determined that actually attempting to enact the plan would be disastrous. (SGU: "Earth", "Life")

Some time later, a team lead by MSgt. Ronald Greer found the Destiny interface chair. Young forbade anyone from using it, since other versions had proven to be fatal to the user. However, Jeremy Franklin eventually did, placing him in deep coma. Meanwhile, Greer discovered that Spencer was murdered. An investigation initially pointed to Young as the culprit; though there was no concrete evidence, Young ceded command to Camile Wray. However, Eli discovered that Spencer in fact committed suicide, and Rush framed Young. Young confronted Rush about this on an alien planet, and stranded him when Rush insisted that it would not be the last such conflict between them. (SGU: "Life", "Justice")

Nakai fighters approach Destiny

A few months after the evacuation of Icarus Base and shortly after Rush was left on the planet by Young, the expedition encountered a hostile alien race after Young had accidentally switched his consciousness with one of them using the communication device. The aliens later showed up and attacked Destiny, successfully managing to board the ship and kidnapping Chloe Armstrong. Young used the communication device to attempt a rescue, but found Rush instead, whom he released from a holding tank. The connection was severed after Rush tried to use a mind probe on the alien body that Young was inhabiting. Rush was able to free Chloe and escape on board an alien fighter.

Shortly thereafter, the civilian crew, led by Rush and Wray, attempted a mutiny against the military personnel. Rush was secretly using the mutiny to protect himself, as he had a tracking device implanted in his chest by the aliens and didn't want to risk being killed in an attempt to remove it. Young managed to quell the mutiny and the tracking device was removed without killing Rush. The expedition encountered the aliens once more before they left the galaxy behind them. (SGU: "Space", "Divided", "Sabotage")

After Destiny arrived in the next galaxy, they had to deal with paranoid hallucinations caused by Alien ticks. Shortly thereafter, they learned of an impending invasion by the Lucian Alliance. Despite their best efforts, the Alliance successfully boarded Destiny and, after a standoff, managed to seize control. After Kiva and Dannic, the invasion's two leaders were killed and due to Rush using the threat of killing them with radiation from the binary pulsar system they were in, the remaining Lucian Alliance forces surrendered and were taken prisoner. As a result of these events, Telford ended up joining the expedition after being freed from the brainwashing that was causing him to be an Alliance spy. (SGU: "Pain", "Incursion, Part 1", "Incursion, Part 2", "Intervention")

Destiny docked with Seed ship.

Shortly after the invasion, the expedition discovered one of the Seed ships that had been sent out ahead of Destiny, but were forced to abandon it when it was discovered that an unknown alien race was in control of the ship, leaving Telford behind in the process. Around this time, Rush discovered the ship's bridge, but kept it secret from the rest of the crew until he could work out how to control it, enlisting the 'aid' of Chloe Armstrong when it was discovered she was infected by a pathogen from the Nakai which influenced her to act as an unwilling 'spy' while also increasing her intelligence. Rush claims to have discovered that Destiny's original mission was to trace a pattern that the Ancients had discovered in the Cosmic microwave background radiation of the universe, believing it to be a message from some unknown power. (SGU: "Awakening", "Pathogen", "The Greater Good")

Attack drones overwhelm Destiny.

With the crew having learned how to control the ship following Rush's discovery of the Destiny Bridge, they investigated a conflict between the Ursini and a fleet of Berzerker drones, only to nearly be killed when Destiny was damaged in the subsequent fight before Telford showed up with the Ursini in the seed ship that he had been trapped on. Having taken Destiny to a star to refuel, the Ursini attempted to use Destiny to destroy the drone Control Ship, only for Destiny to nearly be destroyed before Chloe Armstrong used her connection to the Nakai to call them for help. Having disabled the command ship, the crew were able to reprogram the drones from the first ship to attack the second command ship that tried to attack them, but they were still only able to gain enough time to repair Destiny's shields thanks to the Ursini sacrificing themselves and their seed ship, having learned that their people had been destroyed by the drones during their absence and seeking to atone for bringing the humans into their war. The damage the ship sustained in this confrontation was so serious that the expedition briefly attempted to abandon Destiny by dialing Earth while charging inside a star, but an encounter with a future version of Destiny- thrown back in time when the attempt to dial Earth destabilized the Stargate at the same time as a solar flare occurred- allowed the crew to repair Destiny by salvaging parts from its future self, although Telford was accidentally killed by the future version of Dr. Nicholas Rush for his role in the ship's destruction (The future Rush subsequently committed suicide by remaining in his Destiny as it fell into a star). (SGU: "Resurgence", "Deliverance", "Twin Destinies")


Following the discovery that Dr. Amanda Perry and Ginn- a quadriplegic scientist and a former member of the Lucian Alliance respectively- had survived the physical death of their bodies as imprints of consciousness in the Long-range communication stones, Dr. Nicholas Rush was able to devise a plan to transfer them into Destiny's database, allowing them to project holographic versions of themselves throughout the ship to communicate with the rest of the crew, while also granting them access to the ship's database. However, the crew were eventually forced to transfer Perry and Ginn into a quarantined section of the database after Perry nearly trapped Rush in a virtual simulation and there was no other way to get him out. (SGU: "Hope", "Seizure")

Destiny above Novus

After an encounter with the descendants of the alternate Destiny expedition who were sent back in time during the earlier attempt to dial Earth, the expedition has gained access to the supplies left by their descendants, as well as access to approximately one-third of the Ancient database and the knowledge that the Novus population had harnessed during their years alone. (SGU: "Common Descent", "Epilogue")

After discovering that the drones were blockading all of the stars in Destiny's path, the crew decided to recharge in a blue giant. In order to do this, they abandoned the ship for another Novus colony while Rush, Dr. Lisa Park and Eli Wallace stayed behind to pilot the ship through the star. They succeeded, but Park was flash-blinded. (SGU: "Blockade")

Later, Eli and Rush discovered a way to track the Control Ships locations and discovered that not only were they blockading every star along Destiny's path, they were blockading every planet too. Running out of supplies with no chance of resupply from Earth and having come up with a way to modify the shields so they would be more effective against the drones weapons, the crew attacked a Control Ship and destroyed it so they could search for supplies on a planet, but ended up getting very little supplies. Afterwards Eli ended up coming up with a plan for the crew to enter Stasis pods for three years to skip the rest of the galaxy they were in for the next one. The crew started entering stasis after saying goodbye to their loved ones, but upon the discovery that eight of the pods were damaged and needed Palladium hydride to fix, they launched an attack on another Control Ship, destroying it while sacrificing one of the Ancient shuttles so they could get the supplies they needed from a nearby planet. All but one of the pods were fixed and everyone but Eli entered stasis with Eli having two weeks to fix the pod before it cut into the power requirements for jump through the galaxy to the next one. It is currently unknown if he either managed to fix the pod in time and save his life, or if he died before fixing the stasis pod. (SGU: "Gauntlet")

Tau'ri expedition members

"They're the wrong people for this. We need to get them home."
David Telford[src]

Expedition's gathering in Gate Room

When the Tau'ri outpost Icarus Base came under attack by Goa'uld Ha'taks belonging to the Lucian Alliance, approximately 80 people were able to escape to the Ancient ship Destiny.

Senior members


Former members

Lucian Alliance members

Following the Tau'ri evacuation to Destiny, the Lucian Alliance were able to dial Destiny from a planet similar to Icarus Base. Ironically, due to a Tau'ri attack, they had to dial prematurely causing the Naquadria core to destabilize. Only a third of their original force made it through. Most were either killed or sent off-world following the expedition's victory. Of the original force, 9 were kept as permanent crew, only 5 of them have been named.

  • Ginn (deceased; consciousness has been transferred into the ship's database)
  • Koz (deceased)
  • Simeon (deceased)
  • Varro
  • Tasia (deceased)

Vasi's team

Main article: Vasi's team

Vasi's team was a group of Ancient engineers which participated in the starship Destiny's construction, and were the last known survivors un-ascended of their race.

  • Vasi, female blonde and apparent group's leader
  • Irnas, white hair male
  • Jota: bearded male man
  • Blonde unnamed man
  • Unnamed Asiatic woman


Settlers and losses



Alternate versions

  • In an alternate timeline, the crew attempted to create a wormhole back to Earth by dialing the Stargate while Destiny was charging inside a star, based on a suggestion by Eli Wallace and supported by Colonel David Telford, although Dr. Nicholas Rush was able to convince a group of eleven- consisting of himself, Colonel Everett Young, Eli, Lt. Tamara Johansen, Lt. Matthew Scott, MSgt. Ronald Greer, Lt. Vanessa James, Varro, Dr. Dale Volker, Dr. Adam Brody, and Chloe Armstrong- to remain to continue the expedition while the rest went through the wormhole. Telford was able to make it back to Earth, but the wormhole subsequently destabilized, throwing the expedition 2,000 years into the past. The combination of dialing Earth from inside the star and a solar flare threw the entire ship back in time twelve hours, allowing Rush to take the shuttle and contact the past version of Destiny to explain the situation to the crew. This version of Rush subsequently committed suicide by remaining in his Destiny as it fell into the star after the present expedition had stripped it of parts to repair their ship, feeling that he could never go back to the other ship after he killed their Telford in an argument. With the death of the other Rush and the destruction of Destiny, the only survivor of this timeline is the version of Telford that made it through the Stargate before the wormhole destabilized, having returned to Earth and escaped the fate of his counterpart. Meanwhile, the rest of the expedition arrived on a planet with a thin atmosphere and dust storms which they soon abandoned for another inhabitable planet. The expedition named the planet Novus and set up a thriving civilization that was advanced by the time the current expedition encountered them. (SGU: "Twin Destinies", "Common Descent")