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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Exploration for Fun and Profit

I had some available time in between business concerns and decided to take Space Ghost out for a look around the home system. Truth be told, the prospecting bug was gnawing at me me and I was hoping to find a nice fat gravimetric site. No such luck, though my scans did turn up three wormholes, a Chem Yard and a radar site.
The Chem Yard wasn't anything I was interested in but wormholes always make me want to know what's on the other side and the radar site had profit potential. I decided to checkout the wormholes first. It turns out they were all type R943 which I found a bit peculiar. Maybe they come in flocks.
Diving into the first wormhole I quickly established that it was occupied with a Tengu and a Raven being the biggest things in local. A Heron was the only other ship showing. There was no need to look around, it was a small system and completely within range of my directional scanner. As I was going through the DS list, I noticed my velocity was higher than normal. I'd seen that before. As I looked up through the canopy, the cause loomed large above me. It dwarfed the wormhole I'd come through.
I admired the Blackhole for a few more minutes and headed back through the wormhole. I didn't have an unlimited amount of time. I moved on to the next wormhole. As I emerged on the other side, I found myself in another heavily occupied small system. It immediately got my attention. It was unlike any system I'd been in. Many of my instruments were going crazy like they'd been on a three day bender. As I looked up I saw why.
It wasn't the system start, but a nearby monster. It was a Wolf Rayet, a very young and energetic giant star, vomiting its gases into the surrounding void at significant fractions of C. It was a very long way away so those stellar gales did not buffet Space Ghost as hurricanes did sailing ships of old. It would have been an interesting experience but when I attempted to plot a course for the wonder, Aura informed me it was not possible. Whether that was by design or physics I didn't ask. There was no profit in sailing those solar winds so I turned for the wormhole and left. I had one more to scout and then a radar site to check on.

The last wormhole system turned out to be mundane. It was again small, only five planets orbiting a midsize yellow star. There was a control tower and a couple cargo containers in the system. One of the containers was transmitting the message, "Used control tower for sale cheap because of unfriendly Horror BLRD neighbor." That's an odd message. I quickly located the tower around moon 1 of the outermost planet, a terrestrial. Sure enough, it had all the seeming of a tower abandoned. I didn't uncloak of course. Rule number one, everything's a trap. Start from that assumption and you'll live a long life - at least longer than not following that rule. I'm not in the market for a wormhole system. I turned for the K162 and returned home.
The radar site promised more than a supposedly abandoned wormhole system to my current business. As I warped to it, I wondered what I would find. I didn't expect to have to throw my arm up in front of my eyes.
Who the hell could work in those conditions. There was nothing relaxing about the site. It was like being inside a lamp it was so bright. I located a single information shard on my instruments and approached it while cloaked. I took to studying the broken asteroid along my route to give my eyes a rest.
I named it Humpty Dumpty after a story my grandmother used to tell me. After a few minutes of max burn, I reached the shard. In no time at all, I had it hacked open.
It was a tidy profit for about an hour of my time and I had some fun getting it while seeing something I'd never seen before - a Wolf Rayet. It was a welcome break from the daily routine. I hope I get time for Space Ghost again soon.

Fly careful.

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