Pilots Report Blue Roids; Quantar Launches Research Mission

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.”

QC Blue RoidsAsteroids 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.

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Workers Call Wildcat Strike!

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(UUNN HQ)  Workers at unregulated stations across space have walked out on a wildcat strike, bringing mass-refining activity of several base commodities to a virtual halt.

“We have no union to look out for our needs and we’re sick and tired of working in horrible conditions for half the pay offered by the big Faction stations,” said one worker who asked not to be identified.  “Enough is enough.  There are other ways to make a living.”

Automated ore-refining operations at all locations will continue uninterrupted, and a small group of ice-refiners on GBS Station has elected not to participate in the strike.

Cromforge Names New President

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(Quantar Corridor) Today Cromforge Enterprises (TRISE:CROM) today named Reshan Lexis as its new President, and she hit the ground running revealing her plans to begin restructuring manufacturing operations. As a part of that process, this morning Cromforge is discontinuing all weapons manufacturing on Corridor station. Continue reading

Cromforge Plans Inventory Reduction

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(Quantar Corridor) Cromforge Enterprises (TRISE:CROM) announced today that is is planning to scrap thousands of units of it massive equipment inventory on all Quantar CromforgeStations. “When inventory does not move, it not only has to be stored — it also has to be maintained,” said Cromforge spokesperson Cila Rotup’uh. “It is a huge expense, and one we can no longer sustain. The fact is that we have sold exactly ten Harvesters in the last six months. We have an inventory of more than 1,700. And that’s just a single example.”

The inventory reduction is not expected to have any immediate impact on pilots. It will be reported as a one-time expense in Cromforge’s Quarterly Results, which were already expected to be poor, resulting in a net-profit decline in each of the last six quarters.

OPL Announces Layoffs

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(Great Pillars Station)  In a statement released by OPL Spokesperson Kaeso Cosmas, the Octavius manufacturing giant said it was laying off more than 3,000 workers from its facilities on Outpost and Octavius Core station.

Due to an increasingly difficult economic situation and huge inventories, we are forced to reduce expenses.  It is not something that we do lightly.  Our workers are our lifeblood and if there was any other reasonable option, we would have taken it.

We sincerely hope that the situation will change and that we are able to hire back these loyal members of our OPL family.  But without a lot more pilots using up the equipment we produce, there is just nothing else we can do.

In addition to these layoff, we will be closing and dismantling the Duelist facility in Quantar space in the very near future.

There were no specifics provided regarding how the layoff would impact production and availability of OPL products, which include the popular Guzzler and Impeler engines, and the Makk shields — in addition to Duelists.

Antiflux Prices Reach Record Highs

By Thane Carios

(Solrain Core)  As pilots squabble over Antiflux inventories, the prices at public stations have continued to climb to record levels – selling for approximately 250% more than they were just two weeks ago.antiflux market

“Markets panic, that’s just what they do,” said Ferrix Charyb, the STCC Minister of Trade.  “We’ve seen some people grabbing for these rare ECMs, and today, as I look at the market, it appears that the ones that disappeared from Hyperial a few days ago have now re-appeared at Solrain Core – clearly at a very significant profit. Continue reading