Chief! What the hell is wrong with my ship?

“Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” – John Swigert, Astronaut, Apollo 13 Pilot

9.10.yc120 Saisio < Okomon < The Forge

“Chief!” I yelled as soon as I exited my pod, dripping goo along the deck plates, not an ounce of clothing on.

The sound of running footsteps grew louder as he approached, then he appeared from the corridor, skidded to a stop, eyes darted too or fro not sure where he should and shouldn’t look. “Ah… you want to get some clothes on kiddo?”

“No! No I don’t.” In this instance, I guess you could say my capsuleer god complex kicked in, “I want to know what the hell is wrong with my ship.”

Now he locked eyes with me. “Well, what the hell is wrong with your ship?”

“Seriously?” Exasperation clearly escaped me, I’m usually much more laid back. “Aura is reporting the interdiction nullification system has failed and she’s not able to give me a clear cut reason as to why.”

I raised my eyebrows at him with a ‘well?’ question on my face.

“Don’t look at me like that, kiddo, I’ll have to check it out.” He tried to look stern, but I could clearly see the amusement in his eyes. “And for gods sake, put some clothes on, you’re gonna give this old chief a heart attack.”

I took in a deep breathe, then sighed heavily. He was right, of course, and I wasn’t exactly mad at him. It wasn’t his fault after all. I nodded in agreement, then took a towel off of the nearby refresher station and wrapped myself up.

OOC: Just how does an RPer reconcile in game changes like ship balancing in their storylines? Lol

This post I thought I’d take a look back at my ships I’ve flown on my journey so far. Some I left behind because skills allowed me to move into something better suited for the job. Others were left behind for balancing changes. Some served their purpose. Sadly, I don’t have fits for all of them, I didn’t keep some of them and wished I had, but the main ones that helped me achieve a significant goal, I do have in my hangar.

Cosmos

‘Cosmos’, Condor class, the ship I set out from my home world of Saisio, visiting High and Low Sec systems, taking pictures of every planet along the way, which you can see in my Gallery here.

[Condor, Cosmos]

Damage Control I

Medium Shield Extender I
EM Ward Amplifier I

Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Explosive Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I

‘Discovery’, Buzzard class, came next after having expanded my skillset to fly covert ops ships. This one served me well for most of my journey through Empire space. Unfortunately, I don’t have the fitting setup I had used, nor the ship.

Discovery

Towards the end of my Empire space travels, the Sisters of Eve ships came out and I knew when I first laid my eyes upon them, I had to have one. These are a thing of beauty and functionality. ‘Voyager’, Astero class, joined my fleet and I finished Empire space with this ship.

Voyager

[Astero, Voyager]
IFFA Compact Damage Control
‘Halcyon’ Core Equalizer I
‘Halcyon’ Core Equalizer I
‘Halcyon’ Core Equalizer I

1MN Afterburner I
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I
Thermal Dissipation Amplifier I
EM Ward Amplifier I

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Core Probe Launcher

Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I

Hornet EC-300 x10

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x16

‘Jester’s Trek’, Tengu class, the ship that made the Kessel run… sorry, wrong galaxy. This is the ship that saved my life on many occasion as I made my trek through Null Sec and then went on to finish all of Known space without a single ship loss. What a ride, love this ship. Of course, due to ship balancing changes, this configuration is no longer valid, but it was fun while it lasted.

Jester’s Trek by Rixx Javix

[Tengu, Jester’s Trek]
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Warp Core Stabilizer II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Federation Navy 100MN Afterburner
Cetus Scoped Burst Jammer
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
EM Ward Field II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Core Probe Launcher
Rocket Launcher II
Rocket Launcher II
Rocket Launcher II

Medium Core Defense Field Extender II
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints II
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints II

Tengu Core – Electronic Efficiency Gate
Tengu Defensive – Covert Reconfiguration
Tengu Offensive – Accelerated Ejection Bay
Tengu Propulsion – Interdiction Nullifier

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x16
Caldari Navy Inferno Rocket x300
Nanite Repair Paste x25
Tengu Defensive – Supplemental Screening x1

‘Jester’s Trek’ was retired to my hangar, but my next ship ‘Wanderer’ was based on the same design with a few special modifications, like Festival Launchers!. I started the last phase of my journey to explore all of New Eden with ‘Wanderer’ when I entered Thera for the very first time and begun my wormhole space explorations.

[Tengu, Wanderer]
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Warp Core Stabilizer II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Federation Navy 100MN Afterburner
Cetus Scoped Burst Jammer
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
EM Ward Field II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Core Probe Launcher
Festival Launcher
Festival Launcher
Festival Launcher

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints II
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints II
Medium Core Defense Field Extender II

Tengu Core – Electronic Efficiency Gate
Tengu Defensive – Covert Reconfiguration
Tengu Offensive – Accelerated Ejection Bay
Tengu Propulsion – Interdiction Nullifier

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x16
Barium Firework x150
Tengu Defensive – Supplemental Screening x1

After about 3 months based in Thera, I began to see I would have to venture deeper in wormhole diving as there simply wasn’t enough system rotation going on daily basis to expect everything would eventually connect to me. Also, I realized I was going to have to change up ships, because the Tengu wasn’t able to transverse the small wormhole connections. So, ‘Pioneer’ was added to the fleet.

J161119 VI, Moon 1, Pioneer

[Raptor, Pioneer]
Inertial Stabilizers II
Inertial Stabilizers II
Inertial Stabilizers II

EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermal Dissipation Amplifier II
Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender

Improved Cloaking Device II
Sisters Core Probe Launcher
Festival Launcher

Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x16
Barium Firework x50

Now, a few years later, since I had left Saisio to begin my wormhole space explorations, I find myself returned to dock again, with another issue, with interdictors. Seems my trusty Raptor is losing some functionality. I would have gone with the Crow, but it’s difficult and/or costly to get it under a 2 second align time, so, we now have ‘Sojourner’, a Malediction class interceptor. Really happy with it so far and almost wish I had done this one to begin with… almost. 😉 Either way, it’s turning out to be a nice ship to fly.

Sojourner

[Malediction, Sojourner]
Inertial Stabilizers II
Inertial Stabilizers II
Inertial Stabilizers II
Damage Control II

1MN Afterburner II
Scan Pinpointing Array II
Scan Acquisition Array II

Improved Cloaking Device II
Festival Launcher
Sisters Core Probe Launcher

Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x16
Barium Firework x50

That’s my fleet of ships so far. Each one has been a joy to fly in its own right, but each upgrade has been nice as well. Can’t really say I’m disappointed in any of them, they’ve served me well.

Fly clever!

So, You want to explore all of New Eden?

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it” – Amelia Earhart, American Pioneer

13.4.yc120 J225111 < D-C00196 < D-R00021

I received some mail recently from a like minded explorer asking about touring all of New Eden. There’s a hand full of us capsuleers who’ve tried this. Some have succeeded and some have failed. It’s a monumental task to be sure, one that is wrought with danger not only from those who would wish you harm, but the internal demons that will haunt you as well.

Here’s their letter. I’ve withheld their name for security reasons.

I was considering doing a tour of every system in Eve…starting with Kspace of course, and was told you might be of some help. I’m not even really sure where to start. Is there an easier way to track systems other than ticking them off on a spreadsheet? Is there an optimal route? What should I stop and see on the way?

I really have no idea how to get started and any advise you could give would be much appreciated!

My response:

I’ve been where you are, so I hope I can provide some useful insights to help you get started. Some of it will depend on your approach. Most of those, if not all, that have done it before, have taken the get it done quickly approach and were prepared for the ship losses that would come with that. It usually takes about 3 months to do all of K-Space with that approach, including Null Sec. There have been a handful of folks who’ve completed it, but most give up. There’s nothing wrong with that approach either, just depends on what your goal is. To see if you can, want to see the cluster, etc.

I took a very different approach. When I started, the new graphic updates of the nebula backgrounds and planets were being upgraded to what they are today. So, I took a much slower, calculated approach, taking a picture of every planet in every K-Space system. You can see my gallery of that effort here. It took me 3 game years to complete it and I used every tool I could find, like DotLan to help look for game camps, Pirates Little Helper (which I don’t think is around anymore), Eve Who to learn about the folks in the area I was in, etc. Because of that approach, I completed all of K-Space without losing a ship. But it is very slow, tedious, boring, and you have to have a lot of patience and luck.

Completed! 26.11.yc117 (Nov. 26th, 2015)

You can check out my blog here where I documented some of my story going along (unfortunately, I lost the early forum post when I started so it’s not the complete journey). You can also check out my flight log here, where you can see the path I took. As to where to start, I’m somewhat of a roleplayer, so I had written up a history of my character and a home world, Saisio in the Forge Region, and just went from there. I just took it region by region, keeping track via a spreadsheet. The one thing I wished I had done, that I didn’t start doing until I started W-Space, was to drop a personal bookmark in every system. That would have been another way to keep track.

Please feel free to reach out to me again with any questions. I just say go for it, accept the ship loss before you undock, have 2 or 3 duplicate ships sitting in your hangar ready to go. Be bold, plan ahead, lots of luck, and fly clever!

I failed to answer one of their questions which is what to see along the way. Well, that’s an easy one to answer, there’s no better source than Mark726’s Eve Travel.

I do wish the best to anyone that takes on this endeavour. It’s quite the acomplishment when you finally finish all of K-Space. I had no idea, well, I had some idea, that W-Space would be the greatest challenge yet. Over 52% of W-Space explored so far on my own journey to explore all of New Eden, making that over 82% overall.

One day I’ll finish…

42 Jumps Home

Fly clever!

EVE Travel Rest Stop

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin, Author

20.8.yc118 Jakanerva < Okomon Constellation < The Forge

EVE Travel Rest Stop

EVE Travel Rest Stop

Yesterday, The Evesploratory Society opened another Citadel called EVE Travel Rest Stop in honor of Mark726’s blog EVE Travel. This is not the first citadel opened by the Evesploratory Society, the first, called The Explorers Club, was opened for all explorers of New Eden and is located in orbit around Mista VI. As Mark Vulpine mentioned in his post about the opening of the new citadel, if you’ve been an explorer for any amount of time, then you’ve surely heard of Mark726 and EVE Travel. Mark726’s blog about sightseeing in New Eden is top notch, there are none that come close to the level of information, presentation, and professionalism. I’ve often said that his blog is the National Geographic of New Eden whereas mine is more like the Griswold Family Vacation. I interviewed him as part of my New Eden Explorers series which you can read more about him here, New Eden Explorers: Mark726.

Signal Cartel Hugs Fleet

Signal Cartel Hugs Fleet

The new citadel is located in the Jakanerva system in the Forge which is the home system of the Marcus Yeon monument that honors all explorers of New Eden. You can read more about that, you guessed it, here on EVE Travel’s blog. Of course, for the grand opening of the Citadel and ribbon cutting ceremony, the famous (or infamous) Signal Cartel Hugs Fleet was on hand gladly showering Mark726 with fireworks and snowballs of which I took Pioneer out for the festivities. How could I not? I’m just one of many who’ve been inspired by Mark726’s blog and wanted to show my support and appreciation for his hard work and dedication to the EVE community.

Congratulations to Mark726 and a job well done to Markus Vulpine on the opening of Evesploratory’s EVE Travel Rest Stop.

Mynxee's SuperHugger

Mynxee’s SuperHugger

As to where have I been lately? My wormhole exploration journey continues as I’ve recently passed 400 wormholes systems explored. Making that roughly 70% of all New Eden systems visited. My blogging has slowed due to real life stuff going on. I’m finally getting around to analyzing the data for Project “W”, which is where I’m trying to determine just how random finding wormholes systems are or not. I had a lot of Signal Cartel corp mates to help gather the data to possibly help answer the questions that came about from my blog post, W-Space – Why you not random? I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who’s wondered and made similiar observations. I hope to have a blog up on the results of that preliminary data gathering soon. So, I’m still here, quietly wandering around the New Eden cluster, jumping in when and where I can.

More images can be seen here.

Fly clever!

Hugs for the Professor

Hugs for the Professor

Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

“Extraordinary claims, require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan

12.6.yc118 J114430 < Constellation 306 < Region 30

It’s been some time since I’ve posted an update, real life has kept me busy of late, so it is what it is. My wormhole journey continues, having hit 374 systems making that 14% of W-Space and 69% of all of New Eden explored. Still no ship losses. Since my last post, “W-Space – Why you not random?”, I’ve reached out to my corpmates in Signal Cartel and began Project “W”, where a few of us are recording our W-Space travels for 3 months. Which will end this month, then I hope to see what the data can tell us, if anything, as far as patterns and/or relationships between various classes of wormholes beyond what we already know. We may or may not see anything and the biggest issue we may not be able to overcome is having enough data to see anything. I’ll hold any further speculation until we bring Project “W” to a close and the results are posted later.

Having enough data to see anything leads nicely to a real life science initiative that’s found its way on Kickstarter, the “Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy”. If you’re reading this blog, then I’m assuming you’re a SciFi nut with an interest in exploration, and with that being the case, it just doesn’t get more interesting than this.

KIC8462852_4yearsOn my blog post “Planter Hunters in the ‘Verse”, I shared my interest in a project that’s analyzing Kepler telescope data to look for planets orbiting distant stars. Well, it seems that project has turned up an interesting one indeed. If you’ve not heard about KIC 8462852, you should check it out. In a nut shell, the thought process behind planet hunters is to look for the dip in light when a planet crosses in front of a star as observed from Earth. To put this in perspective just how extraordinary KIC 8462852, which is the designation for the star in question, if someone from a distant star studied our solar system when Jupiter passed in front of our sun, they would see the light from our sun dim by about 1% for a few hours. KIC 8462852 had long periods of no indication of dimming to periods of multiple events lasting weeks and 100’s of days, dimming the light from its sun by up to 20%.

WTF

WTF? Project image designed by artist, Frank Okay

What does it mean? That’s where more data is required and why this Kickstarter is looking for funding and there’s only a few days left for them to reach their goal. Unfortunately, Kepler is no longer able to go back and gather that data. The project astronomers are looking to buy telescope time to continue that information gathering. Lots of speculation has been going on from various natural causes to advanced alien civilizations, but no one really knows. I love their Project name of “Where’s the Flux?” WTF? I love scientist that have a sense of humor, but more than that, I’m glad to see them be open minded. Until more data is gathered, we have no hope of knowing and sure it’s true, even then it may not be figured out. I’m with the lead astronomer on this one with my guess is that it’s a natural phenomenon, but what if it’s not?

Grace@NewEdenCaroline posted this on Twitter and she could be right…
Jovians

If you love this kind of thing as much as I do, kick a few bucks in to the Kickstarter, there’s only a few more days left and they’ve not reached their goal yet. Who knows for sure what the reason is for this odd behavior is, I certainly don’t know, but what I do know is it’ll be extraordinary.

Only Passing Through, Honest

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

27.09.yc117 KW-1MV System < TJ10-O Constellation < Tenal

2ISU-Y IX, DL1C-E Gate

2ISU-Y IX, DL1C-E Gate

In an effort to stay on track, I’ve made a big push these last few weeks. I’ve gotten behind schedule and I’m hoping to be finished with K-Space before the holidays. (Known Space which includes High, Low, and Null Sec). The drone regions were fairly empty, so I was able to maintain a steady pace, but once I hit Vale of the Silent, the journey became a bit bumpy.

EIV-1W VII, 9IPC-E Gate

EIV-1W VII, 9IPC-E Gate

Some days I enjoy playing the cat and mouse game, some days I don’t. Lately, it’s been a bit more on the enjoyable side and yet nerve racking at the same time. After the boredom and long runs of seeing few in local in the drone regions, it came as a bit of a shock when I entered Vale, Tribute, Venal, and Tenal. There’ve been plenty of pipes and pockets with people. (Sorry! I couldn’t help myself!) Not just a few folks, but lots of folks. Lots of activity. I know one thing, the closer I get to completing K-Space, the more nervous I’m getting, and the fewer risk I’m willing to take.

PM-DWE I

PM-DWE I

I did have one interesting run in. I got to meet Dirk MacGirk, of Podside fame, in local. To me, that has to be one of the biggest advantages that Eve Online has over other online games, the single shard universe. When you hear of some of the great battles in Eve, read blogs, and listen to podcast, among the many other things that go on each day in New Eden, they are all happening on the same server that you’re in. Anyway, we said hello in local, exchanged a couple of friendly in game mails, then a couple of his corp/alliance mates tried to catch me, I escaped, and our lives went on. I’ll make a quick plug here for his new show called Open Comms. You can find it on Twitch TV at the Mittani. Check it out.

One more plug while I’m at it. Roc Wieler has a new album coming out! Very cool. I admit it, I’m a fan, enjoy his music, and I’ve already pre-ordered his new one. The Eve community has some great talent and Roc is one of the excecptional ones. He’s a fan of the game and it shows. So, check it out. My personal favorites are his “YC113” and the “New Eden Soundtrack”.

Lastly, a shout out to Joffy Aulx-Gao, thanks for keeping up with me and Mynxee for offering to make a care package run out to me!

V0DF-2 VII, Moon 1

V0DF-2 VII, Moon 1

Systems 20150927

Systems explored as of 27.09.yc117 (Sept. 27th, 2015)

SOS: Windows 10… Grounded!

OOC:

*** UPDATE ***

Seems I wasn’t consistent running the launcher as admin…

Live and learn. Thanks CCP Darwin!

****************

 

LO5-LN IX, Utopia Station

LO5-LN IX, Utopia Station

I’m not one that usually jumps right on board with anything new technology’wise, but the temptation of Windows 10 for “Free” (still waiting to see just how free it is) was too good to pass up. I mean, like the Star Trek movies, every other release is the good one. So, logically speaking Windows 7 = “Good”, Windows 8 = “Bad”, therefore Windows 10 should equal “Good”. I’m still wondering why Microsoft skipped 9, maybe they wanted the even numbers to be good from now one. Anyway, on to my issue.

I did the usual things, I Googled for any issues in general about 10 and didn’t find anything too bad. For the most part, folks were saying good things like, best of 7 and 8 combined. Then I went and did some research on Eve Online vs Windows 10 and the only issues I could find were folks having launcher issues and offering work some arounds for that. Cool. I checked on other apps and games and didn’t find anything that would be a show stopper.

So why not?

NIM-FY XI, B-VFDD Gate

NIM-FY XI, B-VFDD Gate

I should have known better and it was a good reminder as to why I shouldn’t jump right onto something new, because if anything can and will go wrong, I’ll be the one to find it. Remind me to tell you the story of the first car I bought on my own, a new 1984 Ford Mustang Sedan. It ended up being the first with an electrical system issue that prompted a recall of that years model. Good times…

Here’s what happened. I upgraded and all seemed well. Actually for the most part, I’m pleased with Windows 10, no major issues (excluding Eve), some minor issues I’ve worked through (no sound in general), Cortana not talking to me (got sound working except for her) which I think it was personal thing, but I finally got her to talk, and figuring out where Microsoft moved everything to. They love to move and hide things so you have to find them again. Ugh.

So what of Eve Online? Well, that’s the weird thing. After upgrading, I checked out a few things right off to see if they were still good, Eve Online was one of those as I wanted to get some more exploration in. It worked great, no issues, launched just fine, game ran fine, so I kicked off some manufacturing jobs on an alt and logged off with the intention of coming back later. Well, it actually ended up being a few days later and in between that time and when I tried again, there had been some Windows updates and such.

S5W-1Z IX

S5W-1Z IX

I come back to Eve Online, logged in to my alt to kick off some more manufacturing jobs before I was going to switch over and continue my exploration and then it happened. In the hanger view, the game was so sluggish that I could barely click on the button to bring up industry. Then it was excruciatingly painful to click on blueprints and kick off new jobs. I finally was able to get some things going before becoming too aggravated and giving up. But the really bad news was, there was no way I would switch to Katia and try to continue my explorations of Null Sec with that kind of lag and performance.

No other game, application, local apps, internet surfing, etc, has that kind of issue. Seriously, Windows 10 has been great so far and for the most part, I’m glad I upgraded, but when it comes to Eve Online, I’m grounded, dead in space.

VW-PXL V

VW-PXL V

I’ve done the usual things like making sure my video driver is up to date, it is, and it’s one geared up for Windows 10. I’ve set Eve Online for DX9, instead of DX11, which actually seemed to improve performance a tad, actually not that much, but it did seem to make manufacturing tolerable. Still no way I’m flying, however. I’ve tried full screen as I usually do windowed, no difference.
With this being the only game having an issue, the only thing I’m left with is it has to be something with Eve Online itself. I’ve not tried an uninstall and reinstall yet, I guess I could, but I’m hesitate to do that just yet. I’m still hoping I can stumble into figuring out that one little thing I’m sure it is…

For now, the images in this post are some of my favorites from Malpais so far, until I’m able to restart my engines and fly again…

 

Y6-9LF VI

Y6-9LF VI

LightSail: Real Life Solar Sailing Spacecraft

LightSailOccasionally, I like to talk about real life science and exploration. This blog entry, I’d like to tell you about a new Kickstarter project that’s close to its ending date and so very close to reaching a major stretch goal. I’ll be honest and say this new era of internet crowd funding, with sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, makes me a little nervous. I’m an easy going, laid back, supportive type person. When I hear of a need and it’s something I feel I can help out with and it’s within my means to do so, I’ll do what I can. So, over the years I’ve been taken advantage of, given to things that ended up being a scam. I’ve not lost great sums of money, I’m not that crazy, but it still hurts and my faith in humanity deteriorates a little each time. From those experiences, I’ve become more critical of my giving, even for the kind of things that I believe in.

Which brings me this Kickstarter project that I feel I can’t ignore, LightSail: A Revolutionary Solar Sailing Spacecraft. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, it’s easy to see I love exploration both in game and out. I’m a big fan of science, especially in terms of space exploration, and I admire folks like Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye… and so on. Exploration is just part of my soul.

Bill Nye (yulp, the Science Guy) is currently the CEO of the Planetary Society which is a membership funded organization whose mission is to “Empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration.” Basically meaning, your voice and funding goes directly to projects that promotes humanity’s future in space, exploration, and our next generation of creative young minds, around the world. The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, and one dream of theirs was the solar sail and it looks like… no… it IS becoming a reality today.

So what’s it do? Basically, it’s like a sailboat but instead of wind energy, it utilizes the sun’s energy, or light/photons, for momentum. The Kickstarter project is an opportunity to support and help launch LightSail, a craft that will help prove the concept and hopefully promote it as a means to support low-cost citizen projects (relatively speaking, of course). With its success, and I’m sure it will be successful, who knows what new horizons will be found as dozens of these could be launched on missions of all kinds.

With the backing of the Planetary Society and the promotion of folks like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, there’s no doubt in my mind this particular Kickstarter is the real deal. At this moment, they’re just short of 1 million in support, coming in at $984,874, with only 5 days to go. You can give as little as a $1 or as much as you like. How can you not, if you’re an explorer at heart?

(PS: You’ll be able to see it from the ground as it orbits the Earth, like you can with the ISS. How cool is that? Especially, if you can point and say you had a part in it.)

Wanderings and Explorations

21.12.yc116 BW-WJ2 < QP6B-I Constellation < Tenerifis Region

OOC (Out of Character):

Wanderers

Rixx Javix, over on Eveoganda, posted a link to a video called “Wanderers”. It is a short film by Erik Wernquist with a narration by Carl Sagan, depicting futuristic recreations of actual places in our solar system. It truly captures, at least for me, what’s in an explorer’s heart. As a follower of my blog, if you’ve not seen it, watch it, you won’t be disappointed.

The Dawn of Orion

As it turns out, there’s been a great deal going on this last month towards our future exploration endeavors. On December 5th, 2014, NASA launched the Orion crew module on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. It marks the beginning on a long journey to set the first human steps on Mars. With the current levels of funding, it’s believed that the first human to explore Mars is alive today. Optimistically, the timeframe puts us there in the 2020’s, with the 2030’s being probable, but unless the funding changes, I believe the 2040’s is more realistic.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover

Then there’s the little rover that could. Curiosity has made the news twice this month. First, is the discovery that Mars’ Mount Sharp shows evidence of having been built up over millions of years from sediment indicative of a large lake bed which you can read about here.

Then, just last week, the first definitive detection of organic molecules was made, which are the building blocks of life as we know it here on earth. Unfortunately, more evidence is required to determine if the presence of the molecules is truly from a form of life or from a chemical reaction. You can read more about this discovery here.

Many question the wisdom of spending billions of dollars on such explorations, but I see it as no different as our ancestors taking their first bold steps to the new world. The price was high, the risk was great, but so to were the rewards. Even today, a great deal of the technology that we take for granted can be traced back to the space program. Check out this site, NASA @ Home and City, to see how it’s impacted you.

QRBN-M V

QRBN-M V

Delve Run Run Away

“Oh now can’t you wait, run run away.” – “Run Runaway”, Slade

31.08.yc116 UVHO-F < K-JO26 Constellation < Querious

YZ9-F6 V, Blood Raiders Assembly Plant

YZ9-F6 V, Blood Raiders Assembly Plant

OOC: Lately it seems I’ve been having some website difficulties. Last week I was hit by something that wiped out all of my blog images. At first it seemed like an attack, but later through some troubleshooting saw there was a plugin update on my site that may have caused the issue. Either way, with a partial restore from the hosting provider, I was able to get back most of what I had lost recovered. Unfortunately, I lost my page of supporters where I highlighted those that have encouraged me on my journey and I didn’t have the notes to put it back together. So, I’ve removed the page for now. My apologies.

Malia Katain

Malia Katain

On the exploration front, I’ve finished up Delve and have continued my trip in Querious. Delve has certainly been the most thrilling so far. I entered the region at 1-2J4P with little activity in the area, but that quickly changed as I approached 1DH-SX. Each day as I drew closer to the system, the Ship/Pod kills grew with some days being in the hundreds. Seemed there was a huge conflict in the area. Fortunately, I managed to survey the system and move along with the combatants mostly interested in each other than me.

Continuing my exploration of the region I ran into Malia Katain of Ashrum Core, Greater Western Co-Prosperity Sphere. I was pleasantly surprised when I was welcomed to the area and allowed to explore freely. That was certainly a first in Null Sec and a welcomed change to actually relax a little. Great group of folks as they provided some local intel and I wished I could have stayed a little longer, but sadly I had to move on. Thanks Malia!

FM-JK5 VI, Petyr Baelich Appreciation Station

FM-JK5 VI, Petyr Baelich Appreciation Station

The next constellation over, however, provided the balance of the warm hospitality I had just left to the unwelcomed, get out of our space, cat and mouse game when I ran into the Graduates in the O-EIMK Constellation. I had to inch my way, system by system, to work my way through the constellation. I know that the chances are, some time, during my journey I’ll be caught, and more than once I thought that was going to be the case here. Luckily, and that’s all it was, I managed to fully explore the constellation and moved on into Querious.

Y-OMTZ VII, The Anvil Station

Y-OMTZ VII, The Anvil Station

It was in Querious that I found the other side of the raging battle of 1DH-SX, as the neighboring system of F2OY-X was on my flight path and this time, oddly enough, if I stuck to the plan, I would have to fly back through 1DH-SX in Delve to continue on with Querious. Seems two constellations in Querious are split off from the rest of the Region with several systems in Delve separating them. Fortunately, the battle on this side was lighter, but I didn’t want to take a chance passing through 1DH-SX. So, I took a 20+ jump detour back through Delve to UHKL-N and continued my Querious exploration in A-B04V.

With the one exception, Delve kept me on the run.

With the completion of Delve, that puts me at 28 Regions explored, 5 of those in Null Sec, for a total of 2,346 Systems at 43.2% of Empire/Null completed. So far, no ship losses.

T-IPZB XI, T-M0FA Graveyard

T-IPZB XI, T-M0FA Graveyard

Gotta Get Back in Time

“Take me away, I don’t mind. You better promise me, I’ll be back in time.” – “Back In Time”, Huey Lewis & the News

10.08.yc116 L-YMYU < XOV7-5 Constellation < Period Basis

OOC: Short on time this week, I’m afraid, but I did want to quickly mention a few things. First up, just finished my fourth Null Sec region completely explored. The journey is going slow and steady with this last region, Period Basis, being one of the busier ones so far. I found myself hunted again, evading a couple of bubble gate camps, and chased down one pipe until I was finally able to out warp them and they lost me at a crossroads system. That was entertaining to say the least. This upcoming week, unfortunately, I’ll be traveling most of the week on a business trip, so my exploration will take a pause. It’s nice to take a break, but also, I’m on a good roll and it’s hard to stop too. Either way, I’ll be back at it next weekend.

Contest Promotion

Tas Exile

Tas Exile

Tas Exile, of the blog Pilgrim in Exile, is hosting a contest for newer exploration oriented players. It’s a fantastic idea and I wanted to help promote and get the word out about it. Be sure to check out the character, ship, and registration requirements in this blog post, Newbie Treasure Hunt. In a nutshell, characters less than 12 months old, ship/skills capable of cargo scanning and combat probes (expanded probe launcher), MWD highly recommended. All locations will be in High Sec and there will be prizes. Be sure to check it out and if you participate, let me know. I’d love to hear about the experience.

That’s all the time I have this week. Here’s some of my favorite images from Period Basis. Fly smart, fly safe!

1-NJLK II

1-NJLK II

F-M1FU X, VR-YIQ Gate

F-M1FU X, VR-YIQ Gate

GR-J8B VI, CSM Barret Station

GR-J8B VI, CSM Barret Station

RYQC-I VIII

RYQC-I VIII