(UUNN HQ) The Office of the Tahirs has released the following statement:
We have to thank all of the pilots who contributed their valuable time to our recent mission to reprogram certain beacons to try to determine why mined asteroids are not cooling. The data gathered has been invaluable as we have been able to start to understand what is going on.
The asteroids are not cooling because they are actually vibrating. It is hardly discernible, and the vibrations are at very high frequency. What we still do not know at all is what is causing the vibration and how to stop it.
This issue, it’s all about the ‘roids. On 7.20 reports started coming in that ‘roids were not cooling after being mined. It’s kind of a big deal since that will push miners into deeper and more dangerous territory REAL fast. Quantar Kicked off an FM almost immediately, having pilots re-program beacons in a number of sectors in an attempt to gather data. Hyperial then (of course) scoffed at the Quantar mission and launched a data gathering mission of its own.
The real puzzle here is why asteroids would suddenly stop cooling after they are heated during mining. The extraction wave, which was invented by Venurian Prospecting in 89 AT, causes asteroids to heat up as they are mined. The frigid temperature in space should cool the asteroids back down — as it has for the last 29 years. But something has changed. The temperature in space has not. Mining equipment apparently has not.
The enigma remains.
The Quant mission was finished on 8/11, but no word yet on whether there are any tangible results. The Hyperial mission is still in progress.
(Solrain Core) TRI Corporation has released the following statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
All station launch systems are non-operational at this time. Pods have been successfully recovered from all ships that were in-flight at the time of the system failure and there has been no loss of life. Director Yelda Mossad and her Station Systems & Maintenance engineers are working to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.
(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.
Oct Core was attacked by Conflux on 7.5 with the station sustaining some minor damage. Apparently the Conflux attacked outbuildings first, but there has been not official report on any damage there. They also attacked the station and were trying to do something at the ETP. This was the largest station attack we have seen in quite some time. You have to wonder if this was random or if Flux aggression will be ramping up.
For the first time in a very long time we’ve been hearing from the Amananth Station AI (aka DPDQ). First in relation to repairing the production for the “inhibitor” (aka antiflux); and later when it apparently scolded RazorsKiss for having someone blow up an old New Dawn area in the station. The messages were transmitted in hex — which just seems lazy to me. Continue reading →
(Solrain Core) Premier Demeter Garreth announced today that the STCC has decided to establish a new Reconstruction Days holiday tradition. Each year, they will open up a poll to name a Solrain pilot — past or present — to the Solrain Hall of Fame.
“We have had so many pilots making contributions of all kinds,” said Garreth. “It’s time we put their names in lights.”
The poll is OPEN NOW so the STCC encourages you to log in and record your vote by clicking the image below.
“All you do is go to the poll, enter your vote and enter your call-sign. It takes about 30 seconds,” said Premier Garreth. “And while the nominee must be Solrain, ANY pilot for ANY faction is welcome to register a vote!” she added.
The poll will be open through midnight on Sunday 118.7.8.