There have been many many missions relating to the non-cooling asteroids, but we have heard results from exactly ONE. Is there some kind of secret agenda happening here? Or is everyone too embarrassed to admit that after all is said and done, they still have no idea what is causing the “high entropy state” in the asteroids? There’s been a bit of frustration building in the jump pilot community and I’m pretty sure much of it could be resolved with just a little bit of communication. Continue reading →
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.
(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.
(UUNN HQ) The full schedule for the upcoming Festival! holiday was released today, featuring a number of different holiday activities.
115.11.22 – Deadline for submissions to the Sarath V. Memorial Library’sStoryteller Contest and Library Lottery. (Submissions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org until 12 midnight UTC on November 22.)
115.11.26 (Thursday) until 115.11.28 (Saturday) – Pure Mining Contest. Mine as many pures as you can during this period. The pilot with the highest number of Pure Asteroids mined will be the winner. The contest will run from Thursday at 00:00a UTC until Saturday at midnight UTC.
115.11.27 (Friday) @19:00 UTC – The Great Festival! Race. Equip a Tow and get ready to haul. You’ll receive a series of destinations and cargoes, with the race beginning at Solrain Core station and ending at The Wake station.
115.11.28 (Saturday) – Beer Fest. Every party needs some beer, so pilots will have a number of “beer-related” missions to take on. Watch the Faction Mission board on Saturday for details.
Commodity shortages are beginning to have an impact on equipment production, though as yet there appear to be no “critical” shortages.
JGCentral reports that five base commodities, including Carbon, Cesium, Palladium and Water currently have universal inventories of fewer than 1000 units. Cesium is generally available through the NanoAssembler in Amananth station sector, but the Carbon shortage is bound to quickly begin impacting missile production.
Miners are encouraged to increase ice and semifluxor harvests as quickly as possible to avert a commodity crisis.
Coinciding with the recent disappearance of GrimGriz and DSM, miners in general seem to be in short supply — resulting in shortages of several base commodities including Carbon, Cesium, Copper, Palladium, Silicon and Water. While critical equipment stocks have not yet been affected, without a re-dedication to mining, equipment supplies will be affected sooner or later.
Of particular concern is the chronic water shortage. The required rationing at all stations has resulted in low morale and poor production efficiency.
t all stations has resulted in low morale and poor production efficiency.
DSM, Inc., one of the foremost mining organizations in TRI space, recently published its research on ore compositions and mining yields. Professional and “occasional” miners have hailed the report as invaluable.
“People are beginning to realize that without dedicated miners, the ‘Reconstruction’ will, inevitably fail,” said Grizwald Gonzalez — founder and CEO of DSM. “I founded DSM because I believe the Quantar faction is superior than the others at generating base commodities through mining; and because the galaxy will most benefit from Quantar mining efforts if haulers are provided sufficient quantities of base commodities in key centralized locations that make it profitable for them to take commodities where they are needed.”
Gonzalez went on to say that the DSM research was made public because DSM felt that fostering competition in the mining market was good for TRI and good for his company.
According to DSM officials, the mining research was conducted at DSM’s Quanus Amani station, by actually mining the various asteroid types, sending all types not being studied at the time to Q-SDS, and then refining the type being studied and recording the amounts of commodities created. The pricing figures on the report for commodities is the unmodified price (no /setprice) TRI sets as default at POS stations. The prices for the ore itself are based on figures from selling ore to Amananth station.