July 16, 3305
Distance from Beagle Point: 547.52ly
Distance to Kunti: 65,653.52ly
Well it has been a tense, interesting, and thoroughly odd couple of days, culminating in what will probably be one of the greatest feats of deep space exploration I will likely ever accomplish, as I pushed my gutsy little StarNova to the absolute limit of its endurance.
First though, my time resting at the Beagle Point tourist beacon wasn’t exactly relaxing. Apparently, even 40,000 light years from the nearest station, pirates still roam, and I endured a tense moment as one scanned my ship’s hold. Considering at this point all it’s got is about four months of basic food and medical supplies for myself, I wasn’t worth bothering over, but even so, it was a relief when they sped off, flinging curses through my ship’s comms. The StarNova is rigged purely for exploration...she’s unarmed, and only very lightly shielded and armoured, and naturally after the long voyage across the galaxy that armour is worn.
In any case, I left quickly after that, determined to get away from what must be the galaxy’s loneliest pirate, and pressed on. The trip to Oevasy SG-Y d0 was unusual. With a jump range of almost sixty light-years, I still couldn’t make the jumps between those last few stars conventionally. Thankfully, I was able to find some materials I was short on here in Beagle Point to inject the FSD for some small boosts, and as of yesterday reached the most distant known system in the galaxy from Sol.
It’s so interesting, knowing that the two terraformable high metal worlds are the furthest possible potentially habitable worlds from home right now, and likely will be for centuries, if not millenia to come. After exploring the bodies this system contains, I also made an effort to land on the most distant body in the system, Oevasy SG-Y d0 B9f. It’s no different from countless other moons out there, but the significance is still apparent. So I collected some rocks and materials for the sheer pride of it.
But even reaching this system, I wasn’t quite done. I’ve of course read about the pilots who’ve gone to try and set new records for the furthest distance anyone has ever gone from Sol. My little Dolphin has absolutely no chance of challenging those records, but I wanted to see just how far she could go, and perhaps set a new distance record specifically for a Dolphin, at least? I’ve tried looking into it, but I’ve never found anything beyond a handful of Dolphins making it to the system itself, but never venturing further. If you’re reading this and know of a specific record for the Dolphin, I’d love to hear it!
In any case, after ducking back to the B-star to top up the fuel tanks completely, I pushed the supercruise to the maximum and aimed away from Sol. I’ve never pushed the supercruise beyond 1000c before, let alone to the maximum speed of 2001c...while you can’t feel it, it’s still an odd thought to have, knowing you’re moving so insanely fast without the aid of a hyperjump, literally leaving the entirely galaxy behind.
Now, I didn’t make this trip specifically for this...this feat was a little bonus thing I decided to have a go at. As such, I didn’t fit any extra fuel tanks in back home, so I was relying entirely on the standard 16-ton fuel tank to carry me as far as possible, using the next-nearest scoopable system 50 light years away as an escape to safety. Adding the highest quality FSD injection halved the fuel requirement for that jump, meaning I was able to cruise for 12 or 13 hours, the last hour or so to alarms warning of critical fuel starvation. I was ready to contact the Fuel Rats if I misjudged, but really didn’t want to risk such a long wait for rescue, under emergency power and draining the life support systems, so I called it off with maybe two tons of fuel more than was needed to get back to safety.
The result...I have managed to fly 3.02 light years beyond the farthest system in the galaxy. With this, I’ve achieved a total distance from Sol of 65,650.36 light years. I don’t know if I’ll ever beat that, and I don’t know if any Dolphin has ever gone that far, but looking back and seeing literally the entire galaxy behind me, knowing I’m literally light years away from anything...it’s a bizarre feeling, which is only enhanced by the tension of sitting here with almost no fuel left.
So, that’s it. I’ve completed all the big objectives of this marathon journey. Over two months of effort, and now it’s time to turn around, and make the long journey home. I will still post these logs as I make my return journey, but they may be less frequent now. I’ll be taking a more direct path home, passing directly through the galactic core to visit the new station out there. Aside from that, and maybe one other small sightseeing detour, it’s just a long, direct trip back home, and I can’t wait to get back.
CMDR AustralianChaos, signing off.