The Monoceros Mission

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#18 [June 3303] The Monoceros Mission

The Monoceros Mission

  • Mission background and primary objectives by Andrew Gaspurr and Erimus Kamzel
  • Secondary and Tertiary objectives overseen by CoR Intel

Full mission briefing and background information can be viewed in the following .pdf link…

.pdf produced by Andrew Gaspurr

Primary Objective Summary :

 A CoR Survey Team have been commissioned by the Galactic Mapping Project to survey part of the Perseus Transit where the Monoceros Ring is speculated to intersect the galactic arm.

What is the Monoceros Ring?

A scientific theory that speculates that there is a leftover stellar stream of stars from other smaller galaxies that pierced the Milky Way in the past.

In the early 21st Century, a study using 2MASS data cast doubts on the nature of the “Monoceros Ring”, arguing that the data suggested that the ring is actually part of the warped galactic disc of the Milky Way. However, observations using the Anglo-Australian Telescope published in 2007 AD suggested that a warped disc cannot create the observed structure, which must therefore be formed either by a flare of the Galactic Disc or have an extra-Galactic origin.

In 3303 AD several members of the scientific community restated their position affirming the Monoceros structure is nothing more than an over-density produced by the flared and warped thick disk of the Milky Way.

In June 3303 the GMP tasked a CoR survey team to explore this region of space and submit any POIs to the project.

Secondary Objective Summary :

 A CoR Investigative Team, in conjunction with the Monoceros Mission, will additionally conduct border surveys of the mysterious NGC 2286 restricted zone en-route to the Crab Pulsar.Tertiary Objective Summary :

 A CoR Scientific team will visit the Crab Pulsar – one of the largest known emitters of Synchrotron Radiation*.

*In June 3303, CMDR Salvor Koz (CoR Intel) postulated the following:
“What if the barnacles are creating/harvesting something. They require the Synchrotron radiation of the surrounding space to power it…maybe it’s concentrated somehow, drives a process. That in turn leads to the formation of meta-alloys, which is now being collected?”

The Monoceros Mission will conclude with a Barnacle Hunt within the Crab Pulsar sector – specifically the landable worlds closest to the Pulsar itself.The Intended Route :

Itinerary :Stage One – Departure

  • 18:00 GAMETIME

Waypoint 1 and Departure Point – Hind Mine

GalMap Ref: T Tauri

Waypoint 2 – Pleiades Sector

CoR Expeditionary Flotilla will visit the following Barnacle Sites in order to witness any possible Alien Ship / Barnacle Interactions.

GalMap Ref: Pleiades Sector OI-T C3-7 A 6 
-47.4533 -18.4075 

GalMap Ref: Pleiades Sector OI-T C3-7 A 6 
-42.7785 -21.7142 

GalMap Ref: Pleiades Sector OI-T C3-7 B 3
-41.3795 67.1302

Stage Two – Beginning the Journey to the Perseus Transit

  • 18:00 GAMETIME

Waypoint 3 – Orion Nebula Tourist Centre

GalMap Ref: PMD2009 48

  • 19:00 GAMETIME

Waypoint 4 – Hades Edge

GalMap Ref: HD 49368 (Planet 1)


Waypoint 5 – GalMap Ref: Hell Port

Seagull Sector DL-Y d3

Waypoint 6 -New Beginning (Rosette Nebula)

GalMap Ref: Rosette Sector CQ-Y d59

Stage Three – Monoceros Mission Survey along the Perseus Transit

  • 18:00 GAMETIME

Waypoint 7 – NGC 2452 Nebula

GalMap Ref: GCRV 5190

  • 18:00 GAMETIME

Waypoint 8 – Skull & Crossbones Nebula

GalMap Ref: Haffner 18 LSS 27

Stage Four – Journey to the NGC 2286 Restricted Zone


Waypoint 9 – NGC 2286 Sector

GalMap Ref: NGC 2286 Sector GS-S d4-30

Stage Five – Barnacle Hunt at the Crab Pulsar

  • JUNE 24 AND JUNE 25
  • 18:00 GAMETIME

Waypoint 10 – Station X

GalMap Ref: Crab Sector DL-Y d9

This mission will be conducted in the Fleetcomm private group.

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Mission Debriefing

Monoceros Mission Debriefing

Mission Schedule : 10th June, 3303 until 25th June, 3303
Mission Parameters : Voluntary; low-prio; exploration; (exclude) “alien”, “conspiracy”
Participants : 32 CoR staff pilots

What have we accomplished?

We had fun. Period. After some tumultuous months more than 30 CoR-only pilots got their shits together and happily went into the unknown to find out some obscure things; and it worked. The mission was meant to be a thing somewhere between burnt-out players relaxing a bit from comms and forum heat and roleplaying a dedicated crew of space veterans on the hunt for answers on some astronomical conundrums.

And we accomplished that as well. The overall atmosphere can be described as relaxed and friendly. It was augmented by frequent voice comms meetups. The cooperative nature of the mission was palpable at all times. On several occasions, pilots found the joy and time to test their SRV and SLF piloting abilities to the limits, on other occasions discoveries and investigation opportunities were shared within the group and it may be safe to say that everyone had a blast.

Now for the astronomical conundrums: The mission had three of them, encased in a number of ‘scenic’ waypoints on the one hand and some rather dull patches of space on the other.

1. The Monoceros Ring

The Monoceros Ring – along with the speculated-upon Canis Major Overdensity – is a theory of an extra-galactic stream of old stars piercing the spiral arms in the outer regions of the Perseus Transit and the Perseus Fade. Ancient 21st century astronomers detected a suspicious overdensity of M-class giant stars and also groups of stars whose movements seemed to contradict typical mass segregation in stellar densities. They concluded it might be the remnant of a dwarf galaxy that was being absorbed into the Milky Way, much like the trail of a comet. 
A mission team went out to survey the regions in the far Monoceros and Canis Majoris constellations. They succeeded in establishing an astronomical beacon system (much like ancient compass roses) at the neuralgic coordinates of 10,000 ; 0 ; -10,000 and gathered extensive exploration data of the area. Early analysis corroborates some elements of the Monoceros Ring theory so the final results are eagerly awaited by CoR staff. 

2. The NGC 2286 Permit Zone

The goal was to survey the border systems of the Permit Zone and scout for operation activities, much like CoR did with the Col 70 sector. One theory was that the PZ might hold more abandoned settlements like those in the Rift or the Conflux. Another speculation was that it would hold clandestine industrial or military operations of unknown entities. As such, pilots were asked to look for signal sources, wreckage or other evidence of human (or alien?) actions in this sector, both in space and also planetside. 
A few pilots seem to have undertaken this task but data is still being collected and put together into an activity model of the region. 

3. The Crab Pulsar

The Crab Pulsar and its vicinity was searched by at least two teams of operatives. They were explicitly looking for ‘Barnacles’ or other alien structures like those encountered in the Pleiades, Aries and California Nebula areas.
Search patterns were laid out and target areas were thoroughly surveyed. However, no Barnacles were found. Moreover, analysis of the pulsar’s properties – and especially its synchrotron radiation and high energ output – is currently underway and will be compared with contemporary models of the ‘Blue Theory’ by Lyrae Cursorius.

Who made it back?

Well, that’s hard to tell at the moment. It appears that quite a few pilots broke off from the main group somewhere between the Orion Complex and the Rosette Nebula; and the mission team got significantly smaller prior to reaching the Skull & Crossbones Nebula. Who actually made it back to the Bubble at the mission’s official closure is therefore hard to tell.

But that is not important. An expedition’s start is always more flashy and formal than its ending. Even on Distant Worlds, people returned to the Bubble several months later. More likely, people find some things along the way they want to check out after the mission’s ending and that more often than not is the beginning of a new story to tell.

The Monoceros Mission’s ending coincided with the introduction of the Thargoid bases and the new artefact riddles. It also saw the release of the Elite: Premonition eBook a couple of days later. If the mission served its purpose of reinvigorating our trusted folks for the things to come, one can only say:Mission Accomplished!