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Mel Brandon is a specialist in laser-based weaponry, shields, frame shift drives and engines. He was dishonourably discharged from the Federal Defence Force for disobeying a senior officer who ordered a combat strike on a labour protest, but he was popular in the service, and retains some useful contacts. Many of his comrades-in-arms have since joined him in his business.

— In-Game Description

Mel Brandon is an engineer in the Colonia Region who specialises in laser weapons, utility modules, thrusters, and shield generators. His workshop is The Brig, located in the Luchtaine system.

Access Requirements

Achieve Grade 3 access plus at least 1/3 progress towards Grade 4 with Elvira Martuuk.
Meeting Requirements
Attain a Cordial or higher relationship with the Colonia Council minor faction to receive an invitation mission.
Unlock Requirements
Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers against The Nameless minor faction.
Note: Bounty vouchers from any source appear to be acceptable and can be used towards this requirement.
Reputation Gain
Craft modules.
Note: The available quality of this Engineer's modifications improves over time, from Grade 1 to Grade 5, as pilots purchase more modifications.

Modifications Offered

The following modifications to modules are available from this engineer:

Beam Laser (Grade 5)

Burst Laser (Grade 5)

Pulse Laser (Grade 5)

Shield Generator (Grade 5)

Thrusters (Grade 5)

Shield Booster (Grade 5)

Frame Shift Drive (Grade 5)

Frame Shift Drive Interdictor (Grade 5)

Shield Cell Bank (Grade 4)


17 DEC 3306

  • *Pilots Federation ALERT*
    The effectiveness of engineers' upgrading for ship modules will be boosted until the 7th of January 3307. During this time, engineered weapons and modules will receive increased augmentation for the same amount of materials. This will apply to every workshop in Alliance, Imperial, Federal and independent space. Lori Jameson, an engineer based in the Shinrarta Dezhra system, provided details to Vox Galactica on how this collaboration came about: "After the Eurybia incident, some of us contacted Liz Ryder and offered our support. It was horrifying how her expertise had been abused by the NMLA, leaving her unfairly maligned as a terrorist supporter. There were concerns that her situation might reflect badly on engineers in general. We soon established communication links between every workshop, and agreed to offer a universal boost to upgrades. Hopefully this will remind pilots how much we value their custom, and that we remain a trustworthy resource." Mel Brandon, one of four engineers in the Colonia Region, commented: "It's about time that we all started talking to each other. Our services are valuable to the whole galaxy. We deserve better protection. Maybe we have to start protecting ourselves."[1]