by Thane Carios
(Quantar Core) Questions started coming in on 118.7.20 according to Quantar Core Station Governor Delphia Neamru. “We started getting question whether there was a surge of new recruits,” said Governor Neamru. “All of the roids close to our docking rings were bright blue — usually a sure sign of new pilots. But as time wore on they stayed blue — and the logs showed that we have not seen any kind or new-recruit influx.”
Asteroids are heated during the mining-laser extraction process. As they heat, the extraction becomes less and less efficient until at 930 degrees, the extraction process stops altogether, and cannot be resumed until the asteroid has cooled.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Third Tahir, Dr. Silar Tashawar, who has degrees in Geology and Economic Petrology, as well as a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Jenos School of Mines. “Space is not any warmer than it was a week ago. The heating is a very short-term effect of laser extraction. But obviously there’s some reason … so we have launched a major mission to re-calibrate some beacons to try to determine what’s happening. We’ve also been scanning and monitoring a number of different rocks … but just not finding anything,” he said, shaking his head.
Although, the non-cooling asteroids first became apparent in Quantar, it appears that most, if not all, other areas of space have been impacted. Venurian Prospecting, which manufactures most mining lasers in use today, has confirmed that there has been no changes or issues in its mining laser manufacturing process.