Ishmael Palin
Professor Palin
Former Director of the Palin Institute

For most of his career Professor Palin worked for the Federation, but when his research programme was abruptly terminated, he decided to establish an independent team dedicated to studying the Unknown Artefacts, meta-alloys, and all things alien, especially if there is a suggestion it relates to Thargoids. After receiving a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor, he set up a permanent research base in Maia, far outside human space and its regulations, focused on the development of new defence technologies.

— In-game description

Professor Ishmael Palin is the founder and former director of the Palin Institute,[1][2] as well as an independent Engineer skilled in the improvement of Thrusters and Frame Shift Drives. You can use his skills to modify your ship's modules beyond their standard levels.

Palin also researches alien technologies such as Unknown Artefacts, and offers Cargo Racks that resist their corrosive effects during transport.

His allegiance is independent and his personal base is the Palin Research Centre on Maia A 3 A.[3]

History Edit


Professor Palin and a Thargoid Sensor

Research Edit

Late in 3301 Professor Ishmael Palin began an independent research programme, based at Christian Dock in the Nganji System, to study anomalous extraterrestrial objects discovered earlier in the year.[4]

In December he issued a request for help in establishing a new research base on Maia b1ba in order to safely study the artefacts. The request was positively received by the galactic community and Palin's team was soon ready to start work on their new base of operations.[4]

On 22 Jan 3302, Professor Ishmael Palin called upon independent pilots to deliver meta-alloys – produced by the newly discovered 'barnacles' in the Pleiades Nebula – to Obsidian Orbital, suggesting that the material could be the cure for the technological virus spreading through inhabited space. But Professor Violet Belbin of the Xenological Research Institute has expressed doubts.[5]

By January 3302 he had announced a dramatic breakthrough in his research into meta-alloys. He confirmed that technical issues at the Obsidian Orbital were a direct result of interference from the artefacts. They also had the ability to repair themselves using resources from other ships and machinery.[4]

Palin Institute Edit


Palin Research Centre on Maia

Professor Palin founded the Palin Institute in 3301. On 15 April 3302, Palin retired from the Palin Institute. He relinquished his directorship to his closet ally Cora Shaw. He would continue researching the Unknown Artefacts and meta-alloys, albeit in a more inconspicuous fashion, at his personal research centre on Maia A 3 a. Palin said: "It has been a tremendous pleasure to be part of the discourse surrounding the Unknown Artefacts, and to share ideas and opinions with so many passionate individuals. But there are dark forces at work in the galactic community – forces that exist in opposition to the ideals I hold most dear – and I lack the strength to continue fighting them." "I have therefore decided to relinquish my directorship of The Palin Institute to Professor Cora Shaw, who has for many years been my closest ally. I have every faith in Professor Shaw's ability to lead The Palin Institute to even greater heights, and to uphold the ideals for which it stands."[3]

Blockade Edit

In October 3302, the Federation quietly established a blockade of Palin's headquarters, part of the wider cold war between Federal and Imperial forces over the monopolization of meta-alloys. Palin was essentially kept under house arrest and was unable to leave. The blockade was withdrawn on September 9, 3303, as both the Federation and Empire began backing down over the meta-alloy issue since both had failed to gain any control over their sources. Professor Palin was pleased by the development.[6]

Access Requirements Edit

Before you can take advantage of Professor Palin's services, several requirements must first be met:

Discovery Edit

You will learn about Professor Palin after achieving grade 3 access or higher with Marco Qwent.

Meeting Requirements Edit

Travel a distance of 5000 light years or more from your career start system. You will then be invited to meet Professor Palin.

Unlock Requirements Edit

Provide 25 units of Sensor Fragments to gain access to his services.

Reputation Gain Edit

Craft modules to increase your reputation with him (up to grade 5 access). Alternatively, sell exploration data to Palin Research Centre.

Modifications Offered Edit

The following modifications to modules are available from this engineer:

Frame Shift Drive (Grades 1-3) Edit

Thrusters (Grades 1-5) Edit

Guides Edit

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Galnet - Community Goal: Ishmael Palin Launches Appeal
  2. Galnet - Galactic News: Palin's Appeal Concludes
  3. 3.0 3.1 Galactic News: Ishmael Palin to Retire from Active Research
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tourist Beacon 0199
  5. Freelance Report: Leading Scientist Expresses Doubts
  6. Galactic News: Federal Blockade Ends