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27 Aug 3302
Galactic News: Problems at MetaDrive?

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."

27 Aug 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.
NOTE: Data is correct at time of publishing.

26 Aug 3302
Galactic News: Starport Status Update

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

26 Aug 3302
Galactic News: Explorers Urged to be Cautious

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."

Community goals

More Imperial Warships
25 Aug 3302

Morai [Van De Hulst Vision]
Earn rewards by delivering Autofabricators, Tantalum or Superconductors to van de Hulst Vision in the Morai System.
80 DD-D 774-CE-2 (Jaques) Appeals for Exploration Data
25 Aug 3302

Eol Prou RS-T d3-94 [80 DD-D 774-CE-2]
Deliver Exploration Data to Jaques Station (80 DD-D 774-CE-2) in the Eol Prou RS-T d3-94 system.
The Colonia Initiative
19 Aug 3302

Eol Prou RS-T d3-94 [80 DD-D 774-CE-2]
Deliver Titanium, Semiconductors or Robotics to Jaques station in Eol Prou RS-T d3-94
Logbooks archive


27 Aug 3302
Heathen Jester
27 Aug 3302
The Ghosts Of The Past Pt. 5
27 Aug 3302
Dreaming of the Lagoon
27 Aug 3302
Leaving the Nest
27 Aug 3302
Nearing Alpha
Shaux Faux
27 Aug 3302
Back to business
Starting Out

From the past

Tonight (Aug. 27), look toward the western horizon just after sunset to see Venus and Jupiter get up close and personal, plus a parade of planets. No telescope required!
The two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus and Jupiter, will dance together on Aug. 27, 2016, in their closest encounter until 2065. Here's how to see them.
I cannot believe I'm writing yet another column concerning the infamous Mars Hoax, but indeed, more than a dozen years after it made its first appearance, it sadly has reared its ugly head in cyberspace once again.
You can check out the nearby star Proxima Centauri — which hosts a newly discovered, potentially Earth-like planet — during a free webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory tonight (Aug. 26). The show begins at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Aug. 27).
This week saw the release of a major update for the popular app SkySafari 5 for Android now with three levels — Basic, Plus and Pro — offering something for every level of astronomy enthusiast.
SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft has safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja California, Mexico. The vessel returned to Earth with more than 3,000 lbs. (1,360 kilograms) of cargo and science experiments, including 12 mice.
Researchers monitored a crew of six who have been isolated on Mauna Loa in Hawaii since August 2015. They used cameras, body movement trackers, electronic surveys, and more to collect data on the HI-SEAS team.


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Ed Lu

Related stations: Lu Installation (LP 336-6), Lu Terminal (Atorii), Lu Relay (Karini), Lu Hub (Gandii), Lu Gateway (Heverduduna), Lu Park (LP 158-2), Lu Settlement (HIP 27894), Lu Station (Dhathaut), Lu's Claim (Chontina), Lu Ring (Haidjaram)

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.

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