Mission Failure

Yesterday I thought I had a bad day with white dwarves.

Today, I jumped with my pre-charged FSD to another neutron star, charged and jumped again, and tried to charge a third time on a third neutron star.

I got too close to the neutron star while inside the jet cone, and was kicked out of supercruise while still inside the jet cone.

Because you get buffeted around inside the jet cone, and remaining in the jet cone for too long causes a lot of damage, my ship quickly lost the ability to fly.

I couldn’t jump to supercruise because I couldn’t reorient to the escape vector – assuming my FSD didn’t glitch out before that point. My AFMU couldn’t keep both my thrusters and FSD healthy enough not to glitch out.

Eventually, my canopy shattered, and at that point it was clearly game over. Being 7.7kly away from home, there’s no way I had any hope of getting to a station for repairs in the 25 minutes of life support I had available.

Thankfully, someone has kindly grabbed my escape pod and escorted me back to Flade Enterprise in LHS 28, where I’ve managed to convince the insurance people to give me a new ship.

Whether or not I’m going to actually get to see these bubblegum worlds now before the update is another matter, but alas I shall try again. Probably spending little to no time gathering exploration data while en-route – I can do that on the way back.

Patches of stars

As I progress through the galaxy, I’m noticing more and more that stars and systems seem to be grouped into areas. At first I was encountering a lot of single-star systems with many planets, then a lot of systems with no planets but many stars, and now I’m encountering a lot of white dwarves and neutron stars.

I did, however, encounter this pretty thing – a very fast neutron star near a pretty class-L star.I guess it’s just interesting seeing how different regions of the galaxy have different types of things to see.

However, I finished today with a few incidents with white dwarves – the jet cones are much smaller than that of neutron stars, so I’ve unfortunately tripped the supercruise safety mechanisms when trying to supercharge my FSD, and forcibly dropped out. Of course, white dwarves are also pretty hot, so I’ve had a few overheating issues as well.

Bubblegum worlds

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With the new E:D lighting system just around the corner, there’s a few worlds which I want to go and visit with the old lighting system.

I’ve heard stories of fluorescent green and pink gas giants in the depths of space, and I simply have to see these for myself before they’re toned down with the next update.

I’m taking my Asp Explorer “Pathfinder” as a prelude to Distant Worlds II which is happening early next year. I’ve got this loadout, which gives me a decent jump range of 43.78ly laden, oh, and did I mention I’ve already left?

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