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03 Dec 3302
Galactic News: Weekly Expansion Report


Here are the latest factions to have expanded into new systems:Expansions occur when a minor faction reaches a sufficient level of influence and there is a populated system within striking distance. Expansion is costly, so when a faction expands, the wealth and development level of the system it controls are temporarily reduced.

Here are the latest factions in withdrawal:Factions are considered to be in withdrawal if their level of influence within a system drops below a certain level. If the faction's influence remains low for a total of five days, the faction must leave the system entirely. If the faction manages to increase its level of influence, it remains in the system.
NOTE: Data is correct at time of publishing.

02 Dec 3302
Galactic News: Ram Tah Laboratory Attacked

A few days ago, the research centre at Felice Dock in the Meene system was severely damaged in what has been described as 'an act of vandalism'. Authorities at the starport have confirmed that the attack left many of the facilities irreparably damaged.

Readers will no doubt recall that Ram Tah's research project into the ruins of the Synuefe XR-H d11-102 system is based at Felice Dock.

When asked about the delay in investigating the crime, system security forces said it was considered 'low priority', and that it was "probably the work of opportunists."

Ram Tah released the following statement:

"This is clearly an attempt to undermine my research into the Synuefe ruins. Since my investigations began, a number of agencies have made clear their desire to capitalise on the site for personal, political or military gain. The knowledge contained in the ruins does not belong to one individual or organisation – it belongs to everyone."

"My research programme has relocated to Phoenix Base. Strict security protocols have been instated, and anyone approaching without invitation will be fired upon."

Since this statement was made, the research facility at Phoenix Base has been operating in total radio silence.

02 Dec 3302
Galactic News: Amateurs Partially Decrypt Signal

A small group of EM-transmission technology enthusiasts in the Tionisla system claims to have partially decoded the encrypted message transmitted from the Tionisla Orbital Graveyard by an antique Cobra Mk III a few months ago.

A spokesperson for the group, which calls itself The Hamsters, said:

"So exciting! It was an EM frequency using phase modulation. Really quite clever. It contains a string of numbers, but we don't know what they mean, so we've decided to share it with the galactic community in the hope that someone might be able to decode it. The sequence is: 01 07 10 * 20 22 25 * 01 05 23 03 23 * 10 27 - 23 * 02 03 01 - 02 * 03 04 * 01 * 43 33 31 23 * 07 21 25 27."

Unfortunately The Hamsters' broadcast abruptly stopped at this point, and only static has been received since. When asked about the sudden silence, authorities in Tionisla made the following statement:

"We had no choice but to take them offline as they hadn't renewed their broadcasting licence. We will restore their broadcasting privileges once the appropriate charges have been paid."

02 Dec 3302
Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report

This weekly transmission takes the latest GalNet data and lists some of the systems currently in conflict around the galaxy.
Here are minor factions involved in a civil war:Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.

The following are minor factions at war:Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.
NOTE: Data is correct at time of publishing.

Community goals

Colonia Migration Appeal, December 3302
01 Dec 3302

Location:
Colonia [Jaques Station]
Objective:
Deliver Galactic Travel Guides from Bluford Orbital in LHS 3447
People's Tutumu Confederacy Appeal (Trade, with prizes)
01 Dec 3302

Location:
Tutumu [North Ring]
Objective:
Deliver Gold, Pyrophyllite and Mineral Oil
Logbooks archive

Logbooks

Victor Rione
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Leaving Home (4 Dec 3302)
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Homeward Bound
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yesterday
War
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yesterday
The Declaration of war.
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yesterday
Time to cross the Mississippi
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yesterday
Stardate: 2 December 3302
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yesterday
Murphy's Law
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yesterday
ONE FOR THE ROAD
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From the past

Virgin Galactic's second SpaceShipTwo suborbital spacecraft, the VSS Unity, made its first glide test flight over California's Mojave Desert on Dec. 3, 2016.
source: space.com
The space tourism company Virgin Galactic performed its first glide flight test of the VSS Unity on Dec. 3, 2016. Here are the photos from the spaceship's run-up to its first solo flight.
source: space.com
See the best photos on Space.com this week, including images of the launch of Russia's failed Progress 65 cargo mission and a stunning view of Saturn's rings and the planet's tiny moon Mimas.
source: space.com
TeamIndus, an Indian team competing in the Google Lunar X Prize, announced Dec. 1 it has a launch contract for its lunar lander mission with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
source: space.com
Look for a waxing crescent moon passing the diminishing Red Planet during the evenings of Dec. 4 and 5.
source: space.com
A Russian cargo vessel crashed shortly after launching toward the International Space Station, and astronomers came up with a new hypothesis about Pluto's iconic heart. Here are the most interesting things that happened in the universe this week.
source: space.com
Long-time military contractor United Launch Alliance shows off a new, customer-friendly face.
source: space.com

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Galpedia

IC 2118


IC 2118 (also known as Witch Head Nebula due to its shape), is an extremely faint reflection nebula believed to be an ancient supernova remnant or gas cloud illuminated by nearby supergiant star Rigel in Orion. It lies in the Eridanus constellation, about 900 light-years from Earth. The nature of the dust particles, reflecting blue light better than red, is a factor in giving the Witch Head its blue color. Radio observations show substantial carbon monoxide emission throughout parts of IC 2118 an indicator of the presence of molecular clouds and star formation in the nebula. In fact candidates for pre-main sequence stars and some classic T-Tauri stars have been found deep within the nebula.

The molecular clouds of IC 2118 are probably juxtaposed to the outer boundaries of the vast Orion-Eridanus bubble, a giant supershell of molecular hydrogen blown by the high mass stars of the Orion OB1 association. As the supershell expands into the interstellar medium, favorable circumstances for star formation occur. IC 2118 is located in one such area.The wind blown appearance and cometary shape of the bright reflection nebula is highly suggestive of a strong association with the high mass luminous stars of Orion OB1. The fact that the heads of the cometary clouds of IC2118 point northeast towards the association is strong support of that relationship.

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