Independent auditor BigSix has reported various anomalies in the accounts of MetaDrive Inc., a company based in the Chi Orionis system specialising in hyperdrive research.
Reviewing the company's financial records, assessors found evidence of a series of payments to undisclosed suppliers but none of the corresponding checks and balances.
"It's a big mess," said the senior auditor of BigSix. "The company is being placed in receivership. It needs a buyer, and quickly."
Femi Dakarai, the chairman of MetaDrive Inc., was not available for comment.
Following the news, shares in MetaDrive Inc. plummeted. But a short time later, Sirius Corp unexpectedly volunteered to prop up the company.
"We've been interested in collaboration for a while," said the marketing manager of Sirius Corp's hyperdrive research division, "and were in talks over licensing MetaDrive's exciting new technology. We have no desire to see them go under."
This report presents the latest data on starports experiencing technical issues as a result of Unknown-Artefact related interference.
The following starports are currently closed:
Fozard Dock, HIP 19934
Irens Dock, Manite
von Bellingshausen Port, Almar
Haack Gateway, Halbangaay
Gurragchaa Gateway, Warkushanui
Korolyov Hub, Arawere
Lobachevsky Outpost, Pic Tok
Rutan Terminal, Scirtoq
LP 462-19, Tarelkin Dock
Liwei Gateway, 63 G. Capricorni
Ramsbottom Hub, Segovan
Meanwhile, the following starports continue to experience technical issues:
Carter Port, Rhea
Kooi Gateway, G 190-28
Ising Dock, 109 Piscium
Jaques Station, Eol Prou RS-T d3-94
Robigo Mines, Robigo
Skvortsov Orbital, 63 G. Capricorni
Saunders's Dive, Wolf 1301
Alexander Freeport, HIP 18843
Bloch Vision, Loperada
Lave Station, Lave
In his keynote speech at a recent conference, Karl Devene, head of the Federal Astrocartography Department, warned would-be explorers of the dangers of venturing into the void:
"While there are some very well-organised expeditions, many are poorly prepared and have no goals beyond pursuing ridiculous myths echoing back from the edge of inhabited space. It is dangerous and irresponsible to venture into uncharted areas without proper discipline."
"What we need is sound astrocartographic data – not a bunch of amateurs traipsing all over the place and making a complete mess of the whole situation."
"I will be making deputations to various authorities to curtail these activities and leave exploration in the hands of the professionals."
"If humanity finds itself in a first-contact position, do we really want some grubby, ill-prepared spacer to be our envoy? I think not."
Edward Tsang "Ed" Lu (Chinese: 盧傑; pinyin: Lú Jié; born July 1, 1963) is a U.S. physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and an extended stay aboard the International Space Station.
In 2007 Lu retired from NASA to become the Program Manager on Google's Advanced Projects Team. While still at NASA during 2002 Lu co-founded the B612 Foundation, dedicated to protecting the Earth from asteroid strikes, later serving as its Chair. As of 2014 he is currently its Chief Executive Officer.