Distant Worlds II - PART 2 (Waypoint 6->)
14-02-3305 - One month has passed since we did our first jump from Pallaeni and started this epic journey. Still going strong and I am now on my way to WP6. The fleet is starting to get real close to SagA* which I believe will be at waypoint 7, and we are all so excited to see the new station and also to be the very first to dock there.
17.02.3305 - LEAVING THE LAST OUTPOST
Leaving WP5 and Polo Harbour, and I've spent the whole day with the service crew doing the final maintenance and doublechecking that my "Prometheus" is in top shape and ready to continue the journey as we are going deeper into the black. This outpost will be the last sign of civilization for a while until we reach the new station at SagA*.
It's been another quiet week mainly exploring between the base and the Mug Club camp. I was set up and ready to join the unofficial massjump this evening, but got some last minute issues with the wing comm system and wasn't able to receive any invites. I heard other commanders had the same issue, so better luck at the next massjump from WP6.
Distance from Pallaeni (DW2 departure): 17 510LYs
19.02.3305 - GOING WHERE NO ONE ELSE HAVE BEEN BEFORE...
I'm half the way to WP6 and took a "dive" below the galactic plane to look for some interesting undiscovered systems. Almost every single system was first discovery and found a whole lot of water worlds, a few ELW's and AMW's. One system had this beautiful ringed WW that I had to take a closer look at and shoot some photos.
Decided to call it a day as it started to get late and landed on a tiny little planet with some nice canyon views. Just passed 20 kylies today since we started, so that was a good excuse for opening a bottle of beer for a small "milestone" celebration before going to bed.
Distance from Pallaeni (DW2 departure): 20153LYs
21.02.3305 - BLACK HOLES AND COLORFUL GAS GIANTS
Another great day in the cockpit finding a lot of undiscovered systems. I've made it as a standard procedure when traveling to the next waypoints to neutron boost 270Ly's away from the main route to find my own "path". Doing this, I find that almost every system is new out here. Had to take a look at this nice and colorful gas giant that really caught my eye.
Stopped by a few POI's on the last leg towards WP6 and was stunned by the beauty and colors of the "Cloverfield Planetary Nebula". This is one of the best looking planetary nebulas I have seen so far.
I have also received some great news today from a few commanders that skipped WP6 and went straight to WP7 at SagA*. They have docked at our new Ocellus starport that has been given the well suited name "Explorer's Anchorage". Can't wait to see it!
24.02.3305 - LEAVING WAYPOINT6 HEADING FOR THE CORE
Arrived at the "New Aloros Ravine" basecamp at WP6 on the evening before launch day to prepare and meet up for the organized massjump. There hasn't been much time to explore the nearby area, but it's been another great week of exploring and discovering new things along the way. Ran into an area filled with White Dwarfs and so dense that I actually had to recalculate my route to avoid hitting them in every jump. Also found this waterworld with a gigantic "Superman" logo on the surface (this can't be "Krypton"!!??)
We have now gone into "Stage 2" of the expedition and I'm just over 5000 LY's from SagA* and the "Explorer's Anchorage". But there's a few really interesting POI's on the way that I don't want to miss, so my route will be a few LY's longer.
Goodbye WP6! A fantastic location was chosen as the launchpoint for the massjump, close to a white dwarf and and pointing our noses straight towards the system's black hole.
01.03.3305 - THE LAST STRETCH TO SagA*
It's been a few day since leaving WP6 and as always I'm taking the time to explore and visit some of the recommended poi's along the route. Went to the "Black in Green" tourist installation which was really nice and a little sign of civilization out here. No landing pads or anything, but a great view. Have found a lot of undiscovered water worlds on this route, and one system was a real gem with 4 ww's (3 of them terraformable) and 9 terraformable HMCW's as an extra bonus (!!) which will be reported to the Galactic Mapping project. Passed "Great Annie" along the route and had to pay her a visit as it was a few years since my last time here.
Just a few hundred LY's from SagA* and I decided to call it a day as it was getting late. Found a nice landing spot in a canyon with an awesome view to a close gas giant.
03.03.3305 - FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW STATION AT WP7
49 days ago we departed from Pallaeni and today I could finally dock at the "Explorer's Anchorage" just a few LY's from SagA*. The station is still in its early building stages, but we will stay here for a few weeks to complete it and to make it a full blown "safe haven" for every long-distance explorer out here. Many services are already in operation and I was able to do some repairs and fresh up the paint on my "Prometheus". And this place even has a blackmarket! After putting the service crew to work I went straight down to the cartographic office to sell my data collected since leaving Polo Harbour. With thousands of other cmdr's on the same route (more or less) I was a bit nervous to see if I still had the "first discovered" status on this Quad Water World system I found just a few hundred LY's north of the "Black in Green" POI, and to my great relief it was still mine! Beside beeing a very interesting discovery, this single system paid out almost 27 million credits worth of cartographic data, and so far beeing a personal "all time high". So to celebrate my new discovered places and the great milestone of arriving at SagA*, the bar will be free tonight and all drinks are on me! Cheers!
Distance from Pallaeni (DW2 departure): 25771LYs
07.03.3305 - COMMUNITY GOAL 2 - FINISHING THE STATION AND BUILDING A NEW MEGASHIP
The expedition has traveled far since we completed CG1 in Omega with our record breaking mining goal. The "Explorer's Anchorage" has been operational for a few weeks now, but there are still some work to do. We have now reached stage two and CG2 where the goal is to complete the station will all services. I'm ready to do my part this time as well and have signed up to collect Bauxite, water and liquid oxygene. In addition to expanding the stations facilities it has also been officially announced that a new megaship and a brand new research installation will be built here as a part of the CG to further facilitate the study of SagA*. Hopefully we will deliver enough "goods" to fulfill the goal (...of course we will!! ) as this will be an important and a great step forward for the whole Elite exploration community.
Since there are no shipyard here at the station (yet), I wasn't able to transfer my new miner ASPX from CG1 at "Omega Mining Operation", but fortunately the outfitting service is fully operational here with all the necessary mining equipment available. Made a list of all the parts needed and about 8 hours later my great maintenance crew had converted the "Prometheus" into a full blown "mining monster" ready for duty. I got a good tip of a nearby Bauxite mining hotspot (planet 2) just a few LY's from "Explorer's Anchorage", so I went straight out for a test run. Some slight adjustments to the firegroups to get everything perfect and shortly after I had mined, refined and delivered my first 160 tons of Bauxite before calling it a day.
Another occasion well worth celebrating is that we (Fleetcomm) also won the second squadron exploration season and could proudly collect another golden holo bobblehead at the nearest station. Great job, cmdrs!!
17.03.3305 - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AND TIME TO MOVE ON
Time has come to conclude our historic milestone here at SagA*, leaving Explorer's Anchorage behind and continue the journey towards Beagle Point. I am having some mixed feelings leaving this great place as it has been my home for almost three weeks now. But at the same time I'm eager to move on with the expedition and the maintenance crew have already started to strip my Prometheus from all the mining gear and get her back to be the great explorer ship she is. Our work is done here, and having completed the mining CG far beyond tier 10 the station is just about to be completed and fully operational along with a new science lab and megaship that will arrive soon. And it's with great pride and honor I can say that I have been a part of building this new station here at SagA* which will be visited by thousands of other deep space explorers in the future!
Continuing our journey ahead, crossing The Abyss, Explorer's Anchorage will be our last sign of civilization for a very, very long time and things are about to get serious from now on as the path ahead won't become any easier than it has been so far. But hopefully we're all gonna make it safely back home!
HAVE A GREAT TRIP AHEAD EVERYONE, AND FLY SAFE!! o7
65 commanders winged in and lining up for a giant massjump from SagA* tonight.