04 AUG 3301
Five Killed in Shuttle Accident
A Sirius Corporation shuttle was destroyed this morning when its docking computer failed on approach to Patterson Enterprise in the Sirius system. While such failures aren’t unheard of, they are rare, especially among smaller craft.
Elaine Boyd from the Federal Times asked a Sirius Corporation representative how the company was able to determine the cause of the accident so quickly. She was told:
“The telemetry from the shuttle provided clear evidence of a stall in the computer’s operation as the vessel approached the docking port. The boost protocol should have been disabled but was instead activated, causing the shuttle to crash into the station.”
The representative stated that the crash would be investigated further, and in particular why the software failed in this instance.
Everyone onboard the shuttle was killed including Sean Richards, a senior consultant engineer who helped to compile the incident report on the recent disappearance of Starship One. Richards had also formed part of the task force some 50 years earlier with the Antares enquiry.
04 AUG 3301
The Eve of the Wedding
The atmosphere here on Capitol is electric. The whole city is abuzz with what some commentators have declared ‘The Wedding of the Century’. Street parties are in full swing in every Imperial system , but none compare to the grand events underway here at the birthplace of the Empire, especially within the Fragrant City as it is now known.
Dignitaries from every major population centre in the Empire have arrived over the past week, and now it is the turn of the foreign dignitaries to arrive with much fanfare. Shadow President Winters is representing the Federation, her business-like attire contrasting with the bright colours of the welcoming officials.
Notable by his absence was Federal President Zachary Hudson. While the Secretary of External Affairs will represent the Federation at the wedding , many have interpreted President Hudson’s absence as a slight – one that may well colour Federal and Imperial relations in the future.
04 AUG 3301
GalNet Weekly Security Digest
In this weekly report the latest GalNet data is assembled to present ten minor factions experiencing civil unrest or lockdown in their systems (*).
Here are 10 of the 350 minor factions in lockdown:
Kawarawana Gold General Systems
Bellaung Empire Pact
Bunda Bridge and Co
United Ngbato First
Family of Wira
United Barathaona Resistance
Lockdowns increase the security rating for a system but also have a negative effect on the system’s wealth. Increased bounty hunting activity can reduce the lockdown period.
Here are 10 of the 700 minor factions experiencing civil unrest:
HIP 92915 Silver Cartel
He Pola Empire Pact
LHS 1541 Gold Netcoms Comms
Yan Musu Patron's Principles
BD+47 2112 Gang
Ross 129 Silver Council
Noatiaca Purple Drug Empire
Misisture Electronics Group
Social HIP 2725 Green Party
Revolutionary Party of Gluscheimr
Civil unrest is caused by illegal activity within the system as well completing contracts from more nefarious sources. The wealth rating and standard of living will suffer when a system contains civil unrest. Combat missions and activities can be utilised to end civil unrest.
* Data is correct at time of publishing.