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tl;dr: Cool stuff happened, I’m going to see it for myself.

What can only be described as a seriously concerning chain of events has unfolded before me today, not only due to my somewhat-late discovery of the Dynasty Expeditions, which appear to have been leaving beacons on routes across the galaxy, and now we’ve found one of the mega-ships from that expedition based on some decoding work done by The Children of Raxxla, with some troubling log entries as first discovered by CMDR Jackie Silver. CMDR Shabooka has summarised it all here:

Needless to say, I’m wanting to see this for myself, so I’ve plotted a rough route across to Syreadiae JX-F c0 to find it for myself. As this involves crossing the infamous Formidine Rift, I’ll be using another CMDR’s route across the rift until I’ve actually got some idea of what it’s like. This will be the first outing for my Anaconda, which has this load-out.

I need to be acutely aware that this is not like my last exploration trip where as I got further and further away from home, the star density increased massively – I’m heading out to the galactic rim, where a serious shortage of scoopable stars is a distinct possibility.

My planned route is roughly-speaking to make a quick tourist stop in Tionisla, and then take a bee-line to the travel to a couple of remote outposts towards the Formadine Rift, then onwards to visit the Dynasty Expedition rally points, and finally to the Heisenberg Bridge starting in Myoideau RF-N c20-1 of the Perseus Arm, which provides a guided set of waypoints to Hyopae Aescs YE-R d4-2, from where I will cut up the Cygnus Arm to Syreadiae JX-F c0. What I’ll do after that, I have no idea. While I’m coming this way, I may try and find some of the Dynasty beacons too (yes, they’re plotted), and I’ll be on the lookout for some tourist stops along the way too.

I’ll need to keep in mind CMDR Heisenberg6626’s warnings – a jump range of 32.7ly is more-or-less needed unless I use jumponium, and of course, with lessons learnt from my last exploration trips, I’ll be kitting out heat sinks and multiple AFMUs.

This is going to be a long, dangerous journey, another trip away from the Bubble of civilisation. Multi-crew is now possible thanks to this shiny new Holo-Me technology I’ve had fitted, so CMDR Braxton Doyle and I can still go bounty hunting in the asteroid fields around Aequeelg, and he can come and see the sights for himself if he chooses.

I’ll keep this post updated with my overall plans via the dynamically-generated information at the bottom, but for now, this is still definitely in the planning stages. Given the event that’s supposedly happening a couple of weeks from now, on the 29th April with CMDR Salomé, I might stick around the bubble just long enough to see that. Now that Salomé is dead, I want to go and see the evidence for myself. I’ve already been to check out the logs from “R” in the Teorge system, and this has my curiosity piqued.

Changes

Update 2017-05-01: Salomé dead, Teorge listening posts, not going to Tionisla (already been when in Teorge; anticlimactic), plus remote outposts

Update 2017-06-07: I’ve set off, but chickened out with my 32T fuel tank that let me do only three jumps without refuelling. I’ve added an additional 64T fuel tank and a fighter bay to just play with. This has unfortunately knocked 5ly off my jump range, but hey.

Update 2017-08-17: Turns out I got involved in attempting to rewrite my ships’ operating system (or something like that, I don’t know where the project eventually got) in deep space – rather than fly out. Turns out there’s a new version of the OS on the horizon anyway, so before that hits general availability I want to complete my mission! I won’t be turning this into a deep-space exploration trip like I’d possibly hoped, instead I will take Red Dragon back across the Heisenberg Bridge, and back to Flade Enterprise to await the new update.

Update 2017-09-25: I’m home, finally. 2.4 arrives tomorrow, with the Thargoids. I hope I’ve got the kit I need here at Flade Enterprise… not sure I want to do a cross-bubble shopping trip. Looks like I’ve managed to net myself another 18,102,623 credits in exploration data, with a further 51,524 in first-discovery bonuses. Not as big a haul as I’d hoped, but I was racing back to the bubble without doing much in the way of exploring.

Route Plan

StageSystemWaypoint Source
DepartureLHS 28
Flade Enterprise
Waypoint 1Stock 2 Sector XJ-A d24CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 2Outorst KQ-N c20-1CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 3Outorst YI-T c3-3CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 4Hegua RR-U c16-15CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 5Hegua QL-X b1-8CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 6IC 1805 Sector LD-W b17-7CMDR stwalkerster
Via 1IC 1848 Sector IS-T d3-29CMDR stwalkerster
Children of Raxxla Listening Post Alpha
Via 2Heart Sector IR-V b2-0CMDR stwalkerster
Farsight Expedition Base
Via 3Eafots RA-G b11-0CMDR stwalkerster
Formidine Rift Rally point
Via 4Eafots LZ-H b10-0CMDR stwalkerster
Formidine Rift Rally point
Via 5Eafots EU-R c4-1CMDR stwalkerster
Formidine Rift Rally point
Via 6Eafots GL-Y E2CMDR stwalkerster
Formidine Rift Rally point
Waypoint 7Myoideau ON-B d13-3CMDR stwalkerster
Via 7Myoideau RF-N c20-1CMDR Heisenberg6626
Formadine Rift: Heisenberg Bridge entry point
Waypoint 8Myoideau EN-S c17-1CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 9Myoideau ZG-U c16-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 10Myoideau XL-U c16-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 11Myoideau OZ-X c14-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 12Myoideau CH-D c12-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 13Phroea Hypa SA-U d4-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 14Myoideau GW-N c6-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 15Myoideau DL-P c5-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 16Myoideau KM-W d1-2CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 17Phroea Hypa PE-B b6-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 18Schee Hypa WS-L b55-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 19Schee Hypa FN-I c26-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 20Schee Hypa IU-S b51-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 21Schee Hypa RO-P c22-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 22Schee Hypa JC-T c20-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 23Schee Hypa SL-J d10-1CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 24Hypoae Aescs UG-J b36-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 25Hypoae Aescs KX-L d7-5CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 26Hypoae Aescs XF-W c15-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 27Hypoae Aescs TZ-X c14-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 28Hypoae Aescs RO-Z c13-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Waypoint 29Hypoae Aescs CL-P d5-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Via 8Hypoae Aescs YE-R d4-2CMDR Heisenberg6626
Formadine Rift: Heisenberg Bridge exit point
Waypoint 30Hypiae Aescs PN-S c17-0CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 31Hypua Hypoo CU-G c27-0CMDR stwalkerster
Via 9Syreadiae JX-F c0CMDR stwalkerster
Zurara
Waypoint 32Hypua Hypoo CU-G c27-0CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 33Hypiae Aescs PN-S c17-0CMDR stwalkerster
Via 10Schee Hypa WS-L b55-0CMDR Heisenberg6626
Formadine Rift: Heisenberg Bridge entry (shortcut)
Via 11Myoideau RF-N c20-1CMDR Heisenberg6626
Formadine Rift: Heisenberg Bridge exit point
Waypoint 34Hypoae Aim IS-W c1-1CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 35Eafots QS-Y b28-0CMDR stwalkerster
Via 12Heart Sector IR-V b2-0CMDR stwalkerster
Farsight Expedition Base
Waypoint 36IC 1848 Sector FQ-H b25-3CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 37Gludgoea QM-I c23-0CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 38Hegua JF-O b20-8CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 39Hegeia SG-E b53-1CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 40Hegeia DO-A b55-1CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 41NGC 1027 Sector PY-R c4-0CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 42Outopps YN-X c28-1CMDR stwalkerster
Waypoint 43Wredguia OB-W c15-11CMDR stwalkerster
ArrivalLHS 28CMDR stwalkerster
Flade Enterprise

Current position

Total
Current LocationLHS 28
Distance from IC 1848 Sector IS-T d3-290 ly remaining (6716.65 ly)
Distance from Heart Sector IR-V b2-00 ly remaining (746.74 ly)
Distance from Eafots RA-G b11-00 ly remaining (809.84 ly)
Distance from Eafots LZ-H b10-00 ly remaining (23.73 ly)
Distance from Eafots EU-R c4-10 ly remaining (17.43 ly)
Distance from Eafots GL-Y E20 ly remaining (38.98 ly)
Distance from Myoideau RF-N c20-10 ly remaining (1759.72 ly)
Distance from Hypoae Aescs YE-R d4-20 ly remaining (1748.96 ly)
Distance from Syreadiae JX-F c00 ly remaining (2304.24 ly)
Distance from Schee Hypa WS-L b55-00 ly remaining (2073.07 ly)
Distance from Myoideau RF-N c20-10 ly remaining (977.61 ly)
Distance from Heart Sector IR-V b2-00 ly remaining (2509.11 ly)
Distance from LHS 280 ly remaining (7461.69 ly)
Jumps made640
Jump range43.53 ly
Best case jumps remaining0

Incidents

TypeΣΔ
52
Unsafe drop from Supercruise (into star)32
Unsafe drop from Supercruise (into star causing overheat)00
Unsafe drop from Supercruise (planetary approach too fast for glide)00
Unsafe drop from Supercruise into TTV while trying to scoop00
Unsafe drop from Supercruise (into planetary rings)00
Diversions to Fuel Scoop00
Attempted Fuel Scoop from TTV10
Overheat10
Unable to jump to intended destination due to insufficient fuel00
Controlled flight into planetary terrain00
Unsafe drop from Supercruise (too fast for orbital cruise)00
Attempted to scoop obviously unscoopable star00

Technical issues

TypeΣΔ
30
Computer hardware lock-up while in-game10
Application crash while in-game10
Motion sickness10

Sagittarius A* – 5th Jan 3303 (Day 26)

THARGOIDS!

There have been real confirmed reports of first contact with an unknown ship. As such, I’m skipping some of the sightseeing on my return to the bubble, and planning to make a beeline back as fast as possible. This will probably mean only scanning the primary star of a system at most, no more planetary scans, and also possibly attempting to use neutron stars to boost my journey back.

Anyway, other than that, waypoint 15 reached, waypoint 16 plotted towards Eyes of Riker still.

Statistics

Current locationShrogea SG-F c11-1640
Next waypointOgainks GT-H d10-1210 (998.17 ly, 56bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23212344.45 ly (132 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count2
Jumps made53
Jumps remaining (best case)1213
Space madness85 %

Incidents

Attempted Fuel Scoop from TTV1
Overheat1

Sagittarius A* – 4th Jan 3303 (Day 25)

Nothing particularly interesting on the journey front, other than that I made a rather annoying mistake on the plotting of the last waypoint, which I have reached.

As can be seen from the above, I took one coordinate in the wrong direction, as such Waypoint 14 is going in the wrong direction to Eyes of Riker. Fortunately, I realised this mistake early before another waypoint was plotted, and no further waypoints are needed to make up for this mistake. The upper green line is the route I should have followed, and now a new waypoint has been plotted to account for this mistake, which is the new Waypoint 15.

Statistics

Current locationAthaip JM-C d1041
Next waypointShrogea SG-F c11-1640 (914.01 ly, 52bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23213258.44 ly (183 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count0
Jumps made31
Jumps remaining (best case)1264
Space madness80 %

Sagittarius A* – 3rd Jan 3303 (Day 24)

Today I decided to pay attention to the minerals on planets, and decided I would try and find some polonium, so I decided to try my luck inside a crater.

However, space madness got the better of me, and I noticed that there were signals on my wave scanner coming from the large, steep mound in the middle of the complex crater. So I decided to see how far my SRV could get up the side.

Turns out the SRV is pretty good on this planet, and it made it up rather far up some very steep slopes.

.. and so I made it right to the top.

At this point, I realised that being so high, I was at serious risk of tumbling down the side leading to almost certain death. Attempts to recall my ship lead to the autopilot picking the most sensible place for it to land in the vicinity – at the bottom of the hill.

With only one thing for it, I began the terrifying decent – with what looked like a solid wall in front of me, the tyre tracks made it obvious that I was staring down at the crater floor.

Rather shockingly, I actually made it down to the bottom in one piece, though it took me quite a while to make the decent.

… and after all that, I actually found some Polonium too!

Statistics

Current locationAthaip GE-K c11-1680
Next waypointAthaip PN-A d1-9072 (444.07 ly, 25bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23213714.98 ly (209 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count1
Jumps made31
Jumps remaining (best case)1290
Space madness70 %

Incidents

Overheat1

Sagittarius A* – 2nd Jan 3303 (Day 23)

Today I passed Waypoint 13, and made it to the Great Annihilator – a system with 2 black holes, and five T Tauri stars.

Statistics

Current locationAthaip WU-N c23-949
Next waypointAthaip PN-A d1-9072 (982.47 ly, 56bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23214184.91 ly (235 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count0
Jumps made30
Jumps remaining (best case)1316
Space madness40 %

Sagittarius A* – 1st Jan 3303 (Day 22)

Today I appear to have developed a minor fault in my canopy’s augmented reality display:

While this quickly resolved itself, I’m hoping that my ship is not also suffering the effects of space madness…

I’ve also added four new places to visit on my way back, which extends my trip by three waypoints too. The places I’ve added to visit are:

  • Eyes of Riker (Whambeia PO-Q e5-2321)
  • Gleeson’s Gem (Froarks GM-D d12-355)
  • Gibb’s Bridge (Syralia JT-V b7-0)
  • Blacklight (Schaikaei XJ-H d10-1)

However, I may or may not be able to reach Blacklight, as it does appear to be rather far above the galactic plane. The search for jumponium begins!

I’ve also passed Waypoint 13, so I’m getting pretty close to the Great Annihilator!

Statistics

Current locationZuni CF-R c4-1948
Next waypointGreat Annihilator (487.53 ly, 28bcj)
Distance from Great Annihilator487.53 ly (28 bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23214199.99 ly (236 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count2
Jumps made81
Jumps remaining (best case)1345
Space madness55 %

Incidents

Unsafe drop from Supercruise (into star causing overheat)1
Overheat1

Technical issues

Computer hardware lock-up while in-game1

Sagittarius A* – 31st Dec 3302 (Day 21)

Another day with not much to report except for another waypoint reached – Waypoint 12.

Statistics

Current locationHypio Pri OU-V d3-3974
Next waypointWepai LM-N a61-24 (964.69 ly, 55bcj)
Distance from Great Annihilator1886.34 ly (106 bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23214199.99 ly (236 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count1
Jumps made29
Jumps remaining (best case)1423
Space madness35 %

Incidents

Unsafe drop from Supercruise (into star causing overheat)1

Sagittarius A* – 30th Dec 3302 (Day 20)

Last night I stopped one jump short of Six Rings, at Myriesly RY-S e3-5414, to savour the sights of this system for a new day.

On arrival, I was presented with a very pretty class B blue-white star, which takes the total number of stars in this system up to 7, albeit the other six being T Tauri protostars.

e3-5414 9

e3-5414 11

e3-5414 13

e3-5414 14

e3-5414 15, with 14 in the background

e3-5414 16

After that, I continued past Waypoint 11 and onwards to Sagittarius A*.

Statistics

Current locationHypio Pri VP-W c18-3069
Next waypointHypio Pri FA-Q c8-2579 (456.52 ly, 26bcj)
Distance from Great Annihilator2377.98 ly (134 bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23214199.99 ly (236 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count2
Jumps made103
Jumps remaining (best case)1451
Space madness40 %

Incidents

Unable to jump to intended destination due to insufficient fuel1
Overheat1

Sagittarius A* – 29th Dec 3302 (Day 19)

Having finally fixed my flight controls to use a proper throttle and stick rather than the hacked together controls I was using connected directly to my flight computer bypassing the controls I’ve previously neglected to add to my ship during purchase.

I passed Waypoints 9 and 10, and decided to take a break one jump before my first via – Six Rings.

 

Statistics

Current locationMyriesly VV-U c16-9274
Next waypointMyriesly RY-S e3-5414 (4.1 ly, 1bcj)
Distance from Myriesly RY-S e3-54144.1 ly (1 bcj)
Distance from Sagittarius A*1244.57 ly (70 bcj)
Distance from Great Annihilator2921.48 ly (164 bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23214199.99 ly (236 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count0
Jumps made116
Jumps remaining (best case)1552
Space madness20 %

Sagittarius A* – 28th Dec 3302 (Day 18)

Not much to report here, other than hearing more Thargoids in Phroi Flyuae SO-T b22-60, as previously mentioned in a previous log, and I reached Waypoint 8!

 

Statistics

Current locationPhroi Flyuae FH-J d10-9045
Next waypointByoomi HC-B d1-3105 (841.82 ly, 48bcj)
Distance from Myriesly RY-S e3-54142003.67 ly (113 bcj)
Distance from Sagittarius A*1244.57 ly (70 bcj)
Distance from Great Annihilator2921.48 ly (164 bcj)
Distance from Whambeia PO-Q e5-23214199.99 ly (236 bcj)
Distance from LHS 2819284.07 ly (1081 bcj)
Incident count0
Jumps made53
Jumps remaining (best case)1664
Space madness30 %