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New Technology Powers Exploration
The Pilot's Federation has made the Universal Cartographics Discovery Module a standard component in all Sidewinder loadouts.
The Discovery Module is activated via a fire group, and works at both standard and supercruise speeds.
Once charged, it emits radiation bursts and analyzes reflections and reactions to build an overview of local unknown bodies.
Pilots can perform close-range scans of stars, planets and moons using standard targeting procedures. After a short delay, the on-board navigation computer will be updated with details of the body.
Exploration data can be traded with Universal Cartographics in starports, and growing demand has seen upgraded discovery modules and detailed surface scanners made available.
Fuel Price Controversy Continues
Starport services across the sector are defending their fuel pricing strategy amid claims of price fixing.
A representative for Tranquillity Stops, 'the Galaxy's favourite services', angrily refuted claims of impropriety.
The spokeswoman told us:
"Whilst pilots can fit a fuel scoop to their vessel and attempt to skim the surface of stars to refill their tank for free, anyone with an ounce of sense will understand the dangers of such an activity."
She added that, measured against the potential thermal damage and risk of interdiction, fuel prices were actually "quite reasonable".
New FSD Interdictors Renew Legal Debate
Achilles Aerospace's recently unveiled FSD interdictor product line has prompted Federation-wide renewed calls for frame shift interdiction to be classified as a crime - a proposal strongly rejected by several independent systems in this sector.
A spokesperson for the Achilles division, which specialises in ship modifications, refused to comment on what is becoming a political issue, other than to reveal that sales of the FSD interdictor module are performing beyond expectations.
Security analysts recommend that whilst interdiction remains legal, super cruising pilots should pay attention to vessels approaching from behind, as this is the device's required position to tether the two craft together and begin the process of interdiction.
Mining Special Report
According to the experts at Wreaken Construction & Mining, all you need is a refinery, a mining laser and a little luck. Most rings in known space are depleted but for the individual there is still some money to be made. The current equipment is not configured to work with ice rings and the best yields will be found on metal rings far from populated space.
Our contact at Universal Cartographics, James Urquhart, was keen to point out that data is available in any of the mapped systems, showing both the type of ring/belt and the level of reserves. Reserves have been categorised from Depleted to Pristine and belt composition comes under one of the four types.