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    UAs, Barnacles and other mysteries Thread 8 - The Canonn

    Welcome to the new Unknown Artifact (or artefact) thread!

    The old one reached an event horizon where the forums would no longer cope with it, so we have a lovely new thread for you with plenty of room.

    The first thread is here - https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=141038,
    the second is here https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=162998,
    the third here https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=175726
    the fourth here - https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=195658,
    the fifth here - https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=222049,
    and the sixth here - https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...d-6-The-Canonn
    and the seventh here - https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...d-7-The-Canonn

    There is also wiki - http://elite-dangerous.wikia.com/wiki/Unknown_Artefact
    and a whole website at http://canonn.science/

    Now over to rizal72 who will be your host


    yes it's spelled canonn here, as a nod to Arcanonn who started this...

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    :NOTE:
    Everything that is UNDERLINED is a link.

    :TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    1. BREAKING NEWS
      THE THARGOIDS
    2. THE UNKNOWN PROBE
    3. BARNACLES AND META ALLOYS
      THE UNKNOWN ARTEFACT



    BREAKING NEWS
    (most recent on top)
    *********************************************

    Read the "Weekly Dive" newspaper!
    Faturing a long interview with Drew Wagar.


    THE PLEIADES SURVEY PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP, CMDRs!

    The goal is to extract as much information as we can, and make it available to everyone through EDSM and EDDB, so questions like "which systems have ammonia worlds?" within this region can be answered quickly.


    THE HUNT IS OVER: ALIEN WRECKAGE FOUND!


    credits to CMDR Nochtrach - CMDR BALALAIKAX3 - CMDR Ihazevich

    Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4
    (it's inside the UA shell...)
    Planet 9A

    COORDS:
    -26,3772°
    97,6982°








    The pieces:

    DISCLAIMER: The title on top of the image is an assumption: it is unknown if it's a SCOUT SHIP yet.


    Various interpretations and sketches of "THE THING":

    CMDR Cyrehw, after Elite Meet footage revealed in Birmingham



    CMDR Turijan's




    CMDR Niamhy's


    In light of the newly discovered wreckage, lat's take a look again at the leaked video in Braben's interview 4:
    (credits to CMDR harakan)



    A very good HI-RES aerial shot of the wrecks HERE.

    And MB confirmed!

    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Nicely done - I did wonder if anyone would find it without all the clues :-) We'll still publish the remaining parts, just so people can see the full flow if they wish.

    Michael
    While Professor Steven Eisler of the Okinura Xenobiology Institute says it could be very old, dating "from our first encounters with the Thargoids."


    HUNT RECAP:

    • Logan Kohl (Red Trader), found in Cail at 10:00, told us "One of my friends always lies. The system has a single M-class star." He also offered a second clue in exchange for narcotics.
      - This lead to a New CG in Cail, Bridger Enterprise, for narcotics (Kohl the trader), 7 days.
      - The CG was completed and the hint was:
      "The latitude was -26 and it was a cold moon in the Pleiades Sector with the letters 'AB' in the name."
      -
    • Mahina Dillon, found in Apademak at 15:00, told us "I visited a rocky planet at latitude 34 near binary pulsars." She also offered a second clue in exchange for tobacco.
      - This lead to a New CG in Massagetae, McMullen Vision, for Tobacco (Dillon the Explorer), 7 days.
      - The CG was completed and the hint was:
      "I found something around planet eleven - a planet with the letters 'CJ' in it's name - at a longitude of -13 in the Spirograph sector."
      -
    • Otto Granger found in Apademak at 21:00, saying"I visited a system with 10 bodies and one sun. after the incident I woke up in a system far away." He asked to bring him Lavian Brandy in Scott Orbital, to give us some other clues.
      - This lead to a New CG in Apademak, Scott Orbital, for Lavian Brandy (Granger the Bounty Hunter), 7 days.
      - The CG was completed and the hint was:
      "The longitude was 97 on the tenth body in the Pleiades sector in a system with the letters 'B2' in it's name. Oh, and Khol always tells the truth."


    THE BEST RECAP I COULD FIND, ABOUT THE WHOLE HUNT (ON REDDIT):



    CMDRs found some encoded messages in some recent promotional video clips, it was eventually decoded as:
    "We've found something, something incredible. Something the whole galaxy will want to see. The truth. We could show it to you. that wouldn't be much fun so instead we're going to play a little game. To find us, look for a bounty hunter." - "to find more clues, you'll need pre-logistics support in a system with one star, two belts, three rings, and enough radiation to turn you green. The hunt begins on the 28th."

    Q: So... who is the bounty hunter?

    CMDR's found out that this was at PRE Logistics Gamma, at Pleiades IH-V c2-5
    Everyone in the community immediately thought "OMG THARGOIDS" and other such mega-hype, which is fair because there has been a TON of rumors lately, and what with a lot of videos posted showing glowing green stuff, and also what people think is some crashed alien ship! Strange noises heard, the whole UA/UP mystery which is ongoing... However, many did say that we should temper our expectations because this might be quite a long "hunt" and probably not directly related to Thargoids.

    EDIT sidenote: /u/Astrovenator mentions The faction which controls the PRE logistics support stations is the "Pleiades Resource Enterprise"

    Upon arrival to PRE Logistics Gamma, CMDR's found a trail messages in the local station herald news, something to note is that this was even before the 28th... On the 28th though more clues have been coming in and there seems to be some kind of hunt ongoing. Here is the clue trail:

    PRE Logics Support Gamma (Q. Why this station to start with, anyway?):
    "One of seven, mother of the messenger and pursued by the giant huntsman, you will find more at the black glass."
    DECODED MESSAGE: THE RED TRADER WAS CARRYING FISH DURING THE INCIDENT
    Riddle Answer: Maia (Seven sisters, Maia is the mother, huntsman is Orion, black glass is Obsidian)
    Q. Why does it mention Orion?
    This lead to the next station... and so forth:

    Obsidian Orbital (Black Glass): "This Earth-like world with a single moon has a centre for investigating the trade of drums, casks and barrels, You will learn more there."
    Decoded message: The Asp is Yellow
    Answer: HIP 19072 (Cooper Research Centre… we were lucky ilo was just there, coopers make drums, casks and barrels)

    Cooper Research Centre (Barrel Trade Investigations, Q. What exactly is researched here?): "The first of three water worlds is Z place to research the next clue. The last of my name is sixth but worth seven."
    Decoded message: A Cobra is due to arrive at 21.00
    Answer: Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-57 (Zeta … Z - zeta is sixth in the Greek alphabet but worth seven, because there used to be a different sixth letter called vau, i.e. zeta used to be the seventh letter worth seven)

    Pre Logistics Support Zeta: "The fifth letter should point you to the pre-logistics support you need."
    DECODED MESSAGE: THE T9 PILOTS ROUTE TAKES THEM TO SYSTEM CAIL
    Answer: Pleiades Sector JC-V d2-62 (Epsilon is the fifth greek letter)

    Pre Logistics Support Epsilon: "The top dog sits by a purple giant with three children in a sky with two bright stars. But I guess that's just the beginning."
    DECODED MESSAGE: DILLON NEVER CARRIES CARGO
    Answer: 42 n Persei (Alpha is “top dog”, the system has a purple gas giant with three moons, and two stars.)

    Pre Logistics Support Alpha: "The legal defendant sits by 14 lumps of ice. They might be able to provide the answers in shorthand."
    DECODED MESSAGE: SOMEONE WHO WASN’T CARRYING CARGO WILL ARRIVE IN APADEMAK AT
    Answer: Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2 (14 icy moons, the Delta symbol (Δ) is used as a shorthand for defendant in legal symbology)

    Pre Logistics Support Delta: "The wearer of the royal seal from Hatshepsut's court. he of Nubia, invites you to his landing at the third of nine."
    Decoded message: A trader called Kohl will arrive in CAIL at 10.00
    Answer: HIP 17655 (Nehsi was the wearer, Nehsi Landing is on the third of nine planets)
    Q. what is Nubia?

    Nehsi Landing:
    "Let's get Sirius - it's not tail or green but after setting sail 1.804 years ago this portuguese explorer's settlement sits in a small sedimentary basin, maybe once part of the centralian superbasin."
    DECODED: GRANGER DOESN’T CARRY CARGO — HE HANGS AROUND APADEMAK
    Answer: Ngalia (Centralian superbasin, Serrao is the explorer, Serrao settlement sits on the planet below Kippax, the only other stations are the Green Enterprise and the Tall Enterprise).
    Q. Why is Sirius mentioned here? Green Enterprise? Tail/Tall Enterprise?

    Kippax Dock: "You should have everything you need to find us".

    Community Goal: "You should have everything you need to find us".
    DECODED: THE EXPLORER WAS LAST SEEN IN SYSTEM PIC TOK HE RETURNS EACH DAY AT THREE PM GMT

    Source for above information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...O91Hgw0yo/edit

    Recent Galnet Story: (could be related)
    https://community.elitedangerous.com...57bad619e88562
    Meanwhile, Military activity around Merope regions have been ramping up dramatically as there is an escalation between major powers over meta-alloys. Meta alloys are found on Barnacles, the strange alien objects found on Merope 5C and other places in the area. Meta-alloys have been found to repair damaged stations caused by the harmful effects of Unknown Artifacts smuggled outside of that region.

    LATEST SUMMARY:
    1) Logan Kohl (Red Trader), found in Cail at 10:00, told us "One of my friends always lies. The system has a single M-class star." He also offered a second clue in exchange for narcotics.
    2) Mahina Dillon, found in Apademak at 15:00, (last seen in Pic Tok, from the decoded CG text...), told us "I visited a rocky planet at latitude 34 near binary pulsars." He also offered a second clue in exchange for tobacco.
    3) CMDR Otto Granger found in Apademak at 21:00, saying"I visited a system with 10 bodies and one sun. after the incident I woke up in a system far away." He asked to bring him Lavian Brandy in Scott Orbital, to give us some other clues.
    Q. Are all these different locations? -> Kohl: "The system has a single M-class star." Dillon: "I visited a rocky planet at latitude 34 near binary pulsars." Granger: "I visited a system with 10 bodies and one sun."

    LATEST Granger:
    "I suppose you're wondering what its all about The clues. The messages. Well i'll tell you. We found something, me and my associates. Something the whole galaxy will want to see. You want to know what it is, right? Well i'd love to tell you... but with information this valuable, I'd be a fool to give it away for free. So here's what I'm going to do. Im going to give you a clue, right now. Are you ready? Here it is: I visited a system with ten bodies and one sun. After the incident I woke up in a system far away. It isn't much to go on, I know, but if you do something for me, you'll get a second clue. See, Ive always had a weakness for the sauce. Lavian Brandy being a particular favourite. So Im going to ask folks to deliver it to me at Scott Orbital one of these days. If I get enough, Ill give you all another hint."



    KERRASH MYSTERIOUS MAP:



    An analysis about it, from CMDR IProgenyI.

    Kerrash's comment:
    Originally Posted by Kerrash View Post (Source)
    I think I need to step in at this point, things have gotten crazy quite quickly. For the record, I have never shared any info that I have obtained directly from FDev.

    Many of the comments I have made have been best guesses from what we know, no different than anyone else here except people have assumed my word to be gospel.

    All I can do is apologize for any confusion, I just wanted to take part in the hunt like anyone else. :(



    David Braben's interviews at Gamescon contain some amazing teasers, images of unknown objects, and some binary code that was soon decoded to some cryptic message regarding a hunt that will begin on the 28th.

    THE
    MESSAGE
    :




    We've found something. Something incredible. Something the whole galaxy will want to see. The truth.

    To find us, look for a bounty hunter.

    To find more clues you'll need pre-logistics support in a system with one star, two belts, three rings, and enough radiation to turn you green.

    The hunt begins on the 28th.

    We could have shown in to you, that wouldn't be much fun, so instead we're going to play a little game.


    Rumors say the system could be:
    Pleiades Sector IH-V C2-5
    one star, three rings, and a Pre Logistics' outpost called "Gamma"...

    THE IMAGES
    :







    Strange unknown ships are being reported at Obsidian Orbital, according to the latest Galnet news
    :
    a DBX with an unknown signature (s6: 7) has being spotted while trying to scan the Station itself.


    OTHER NEWS:

    A new exhibition of Simulacrae's masterpieces, titled "Outdated Research Archive", was just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Varati. COME VISIT IT CLICKING HERE!


    SHORT SYNOPSIS


    • Previously, Unknown Artifacts (UAs for short) were discovered pointing towards the star Merope in the Pleiades Nebula (Pleiades are also known as The Seven Sisters). Currently they can be found in systems that are between 135 and 150 Ly from Merope, with Merope being the center of what we now call "The Shell".
      If deployed INSIDE Merope System, the UA keeps pointing to the center of the star itself. The UA scans your ship and, using morse code, it makes a rough drawing of it. If deployed from SRV it morses the name of the Planet and it does not decay like it does if deployed from Ship. (see UA section below for details)
    • Selling huge UAs quantities to Stations' Black Markets, causes them to shut down eventually.
    • To facilitate exploration, a station (Obsidian Orbital), was built in Maia for explorers to have a safe place to refuel and repair.
    • With the launch of Horizons, the latest things to hunt are the so-called Barnacles. We believe UA and Barnacles are somehow linked. (see Barnacles section below for details on Barnacles)
    • Michael Brookes confirmed that Barnacles could be found in some exceedingly rare random POIs, with a preference for Nebulae. He also confirmed that a few have been manually placed in the Pleiades Nebula, as persistent POIs. Persistent POIs could not be visible on Sensors and Scanners, so spotting them visually could be a thing. They are not visible at Orbital Heights.
    • FIRST BARNACLE FOUND ON MEROPE 5C (reference). Thanks to a GalNet post, others have been found later in other locations. Shooting at their "pods" Meta-Alloys can be obtained.
    • Some unknown use of Meta-Alloys seems to have cured Obsidian Orbital from the malfunctions. It seems Meta-Alloys can counter the effects of selling UAs at a station.
    • Prof Palin issued a CG with the purpose of studying Meta-Alloys properties.
    • Barnacles are found inside other nebulas.
    • After 2.1 release, some of the Barnacles are guarded by skimmers, while a destroyed UA releases an Unknown Fragment, that is one of the 12 pods.
    • The Federation decides to take control over the Barnacles, placing Capital Ships over them. The Empire does not approve.
    • The Unknown Probe is found in Ross 47 (by me...), carried by a Military Convoy.
    • The UP, when scanned with one of the Discovery Scanners (by me...), replies shutting down your hud, and producing a sound whose spectrogram hides an image, defined as a 'Key' on Galnet. Many efforts are done by the community to decode it (see UP section below).
    • Free floating UPs are found around Ammonia Worlds: aligning your ship between the UP and Merope, a new Transmission can be heard.
    • The new Transmission is decoded: the UP is sending Planet's data back to Merope, using Merope 5c itself as a unit of measure, and it transmits also its distance from a System identified as Col 70 Sector FY-N c21-3, in a unaccessible region of the Galaxy.
    • Alien Shipwrecks have been found in Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 9A.


    Michael Brookes recent COMMENTS/HINTS about UA/UP/Barnacles/Meta-Alloys
    *For easy reading, now in reversed order: MOST RECENT FIRST!

    31/08/2016 10:04 AM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    For most of the human population this is true - they've never seen a Thargoid, or even experienced the effects from the conflict, only heard about them in stories. Many people believe that Thargoids are an invention to allow increased military spending. Ricardo Bentonio might know more :-)

    Michael
    10/08/2016 10:19 AM
    Q:So they just point to the centre of the planet ,was hoping they would point towards a crater or valley or something ,like iron filings with a magnet do. .......oh well:rolleyes:
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Nope - it the UP just points to the planet.

    Michael
    09/08/2016 three in a row

    Q:Hi Michael.
    Just wanted to know how obvious is the place where the free floaters can be found, so we can start some preemptive face-palming.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    It's logical, but probably only obvious after the fact.


    Michael

    Q: As far as I know, UP convoys have only been found by Elite pilots or wings of several pilots.
    I think spawn rates are affected by the USS difficulty scaling. In other words, searching alone without at least one Elite rank may be quite futile.
    If you are is still around Michael, feel free to comment.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    The convoys are pretty rare, they're not the best way to find the Unknown Probes though.


    Michael

    Q: Since my frustration level is way beyond lightspeed now
    A couple of questions:
    1. Are we SURE that free floating UP´s exist in space? (in other words: can they be found by playing 1.6?)
    2. Is there any further information expected from "new" Unknown Probes?
    Thanks
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    1. Yes.
    2. Sort of - different would be more accurate.


    Michael
    28/07/2016 1:45 PM
    Q: Thanks, would it be correct to say that the current problem can be solved by players with any version of the game?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    The UAs and UPs are space based, other aspects can involve the surface.

    Michael
    28/07/2016 1:33 PM
    Q: has any of the theories you read been close to the truth?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Yes, a few have come close, but a lot of the assumptions being made aren't the right direction.

    Michael
    26/07/2016 2:55 PM
    Q: So that means the information in the UP about the planet in the sound is NOT merope it is from a nearby planet probably in the UA range.
    Its just the wording the U P is the PROBE which is something you'd think would be the thing looking since its a probe.. the artifact who knows what it is. Maybe it is the more advanced of the 2?

    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    That's a testable theory.

    Michael
    26/07/2016, 1:26 PM
    Q: About the UA purpose
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    The transmission from the UA is its purpose.

    Michael
    26/07/2016, 11:43 AM
    Q: About the UA and UP pointing behavior

    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    THe pointing is deliberate, but also for a different reason to the UA.

    Michael
    26/07/2016, 10:50 AM
    Q: About the UP message (LINK)

    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    The message has a specific purpose, and a very different one to the UA.

    Michael
    30/06/2016, 3:17 PM
    Q: Braben himself said that you can figure all of it out with just the game and a pen and paper.

    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    That's true for the older stuff, some of the new stuff might need a bit more help.

    Michael
    22/06/2016 3:38 PM
    Q: Is everything there for us to find? Do we need to wait for you guys to move the story along? Or is everything in the game. And all we have to is find it?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Not everything, but certainly the next part is there.

    Michael
    22/06/2016 3:02 PM
    About Jaques Station vanishing:
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Jaques being stuffed with UAs didn't help his jump attempt :-)

    Michael
    08/02/2016 5:18 PM
    Q: So my question is why do the UA's point us to Merope, should they have been pointing to Pleiades Sector JC-U b3-2 1 ?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    They are pointing where they are supposed to.

    Michael
    27/01/2016 6:57 PM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    It looks like we've figured out what's causing barnacles (and other surface goodies) not appearing consistently and there should be an update with this fix early next week.

    Michael
    22/01/2016 10:28 AM
    Q: about taking meta-alloys to Palin or not: is the story somehow written already?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    That's not true, it would continue, but along another path.

    Michael
    19/01/2016 12:46 PM
    *About his previous comment:
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I'm afraid not - the nebula that they can be found in relates to their origin and I can't talk about that.

    Michael
    *he corrected himself:
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I meant nebulae.

    Michael
    13/01/2016 7:16 PM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    One of the POIs appears to be a bit crashy, but it's not the barnacle - not that we've seen from the crash reports so far at any rate.

    Michael
    14/01/2016 6:31 PM
    Q:Now that one has been found, can you be a little more candid with your responses?
    What other nebulae are they found in? And is Lagoon nebula one of those nebulae?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I'm afraid not - the nebula that they can be found in relates to their origin and I can't talk about that.

    Michael
    12/01/2016 5:51 PM
    Q: Maybe could this mean that they only spawn when you're in a SRV? If that person who said they found one and died on Pleione 6 is telling the trust.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    They can spawn in either.


    Michael

    12/01/2016 10:46 AM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    The barnacles are too small to be noticeable at orbital height.


    Michael

    12/01/2016 5:12 PM
    Q: But the fact that these barnacles can be found in other nebulae, that more than one location has been hand placed, etc. proves that the UAs are not pointing at Merope because of the barnacles. The barnacles are another clue in the big puzzle, not the end of the puzzle. There is still no logical reason to focus the barnacle search in Merope. Every landable planet in the Pleiades has just as much chance of containing the hand placed fixed POI as the planets in Merope, and Merope has already been searched the most.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    This is good thinking.


    Michael

    11/01/2015 6:09 PM
    Q: When you say "placed", do you mean that if you show up in that particular place you are 100% sure to see one, or is there still a random element to whether it will actually appear or not when you arrive?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    You are guaranteed to find them if you are in the right location.


    Michael

    11/01/2015 4:31 PM
    Q: Mike already hinted at plural in an earlier post. Its not specifically Seven Sisters.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    True - although I know for certain that there are some placed in that nebula.


    Michael

    11/01/2015 3:39 PM
    Q: Yeah, he did actually say meta-alloys were "exceedingly rare" towards the end of the last thread. People then started pointing out how similar his wording was to a post he made when UAs were first introduced.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I did indeed say they are exceedingly rare - much rarer than UAs. ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us, although they are generated in certain areas of space.


    Michael

    11/01/2015 1:38 PM
    Q:What if that was a barnacle, but there was just nothing interesting about it? Maybe we've found what we were looking for this whole time and it was so underwhelming we just ignored it and kept looking?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I think you'll notice one if you're nearby.


    And to those asking why nebulae - it's quite logical if you think about it :-)


    Michael

    08/01/2016, 10:59 AM
    Q: MB also said that Barnacles are randomly found although some have been placed in certain systems.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    This is correct.




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 6:41 PM
    Q: @MB Question, say that if the Explorers on the PC find these 'Barnacles' and said Barnacles have a certain effect on the Galaxy/ED itself.
    Will that effect transfer to the connected universe on Xbox?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    It's the same galaxy on the Xbox One as PC and Mac.




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 6:26 PM
    Q: @MB as your about at the mo could you clear something up for me please.
    When a player submits a Galnet post what is the criteria for getting one on.
    does it have to be just well written or does it have to be something that will not take us in the wrong direction? or both?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Well written helps, not contradicting the fiction is also required and sometimes the story just doesn't fit.




    I'm not going to comment on specific stories.




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 6:08 PM
    Q: I would focus search on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celaeno - Note Cuthulu. MB is rather fond of Lovecraft's works.....
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I didn't place them :-)




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 4:15 PM
    Q: Does it make a differance whether one looks in Open, Private Group, or Solo modes?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    No.




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 2:58 PM
    Q: Barnacles grow on rocks, so have you tried planetary rings and asteroid belts? In particular around planets with no atmosphere?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    There's no landing on asteroids, so you wouldn't be able to collect it.




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 1:11 PM
    Q: Thanks Michael, we appreciate narrowing the search.
    I think for the purposes of continuity and those who don't follow the forums it'd be useful if this snippet of info was revealed in game through a Galnet article.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    It'll be newsworthy when someone discovers them :-)




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 12:08 PM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Nebulae are good places to look, especially the one with the seven sisters in it.




    Michael

    07/01/2016, 11:58 AM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Would you be interested in knowing a region of space that is likely to contain barnacles?




    Michael

    05/01/2016, 6:15 PM
    Q: Soo, does this mean we don't need the mission to find them?
    Or any other special requirements (like an UA in the cargohold)?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    No mission needed.




    Michael

    05/01/2016, 5:30 PM
    Q: Unfortunately the article on galnet was written by a player so it still most likely is just lazy POI placement.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Not really, some are randomly generated, but others have been specifically placed to be found.




    Michael
    05/01/2016, 3:48 PM
    Q: Which released version though? Vanilla or Horizons.
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    Horizons.




    Michael

    05/01/2016, 10:31 AM
    Canonn 4 - Meta-alloys
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I can confirm that the meta-alloys can be found in the released version of the game.




    Michael

    05/01/2016, 10:39 AM
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    I can confirm that meta-alloys can be found in the released version of the game.




    Michael

    04/01/2016, 1:53 PM
    Q: FD - Are Meta-Alloys bugged?
    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    They are exceedingly rare and should be working - however I am getting that double checked, just to be sure.
    Michael



    THE THARGOIDS

    What's Canon about the Thargoids:

    Continuing our series on significant episodes from human history, noted historian Sima Kalhana discusses the Thargoids.


    "Are we alone in the universe? It's a question we've been asking for millennia. Even before we expanded into space, we wondered about the possibility of non-human intelligence."


    "Of course, for some, the question has already been answered. We have seen the aliens and we have given them a name: the Thargoids. But accounts of Thargoid encounters are shrouded in so much ambiguity, it is hard to accept them as proof of extraterrestrial intelligence. Furthermore, there have been no credible reports of Thargoid sightings for hundreds of years."


    "The first reported Thargoid encounters date from 3125, when accounts surfaced that pilots had been pulled from witch-space and attacked by mysterious octagonal starships. Witnesses asserted that the strange vessels were exceptionally fast and remarkably manoeuvrable. Pilots who survived these experiences were convinced they had encountered extraterrestrials, and named the aliens 'Thargoids'."


    "As news of these encounters spread, rumours surfaced that the interdictions might be a response to an earlier human attack. Leaked Federal intelligence indicated that colonists in the Veliaze system had encountered and assaulted an extraterrestrial deputation shortly before the Thargoid interdictions began. Suggestions that the Thargoid attacks were a reaction to this attack carried more than a hint of plausibility."


    "Not long after, reports of Thargoid encounters came to an abrupt halt. In the decades that followed, not one credible account of a Thargoid encounter was reported. For some, this was proof that the original reports were groundless – 'the fantasies of lonely pilots, looking for attention', as Arvan Corto of the Imperial Navy said at the time."


    "But public opinion shifted in 3250 when reports emerged that the disappearance of the Thargoids might have been a direct consequence of a covert anti-Thargoid operation. An anonymous message, delivered to a number of media outlets, claimed that an organisation known as the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm had developed a chemical weapon specifically designed to target Thargoid technology. This chemical – known as the mycoid virus – was designed to attack plastic polymers, which were believed to be present in Thargoid hyperdrive systems. The fact that the virus also appeared to harm the Thargoids led to speculation that the aliens' bodies might contain some kind of polymer-like material. The report was dismissed by many leading political figures as a conspiracy theory, but some asserted that it contained enough plausible detail be believable."


    "Since then, very little credible information has emerged. The original accounts from 3125 report that Thargoid ships can execute huge hyperspace jumps, while information purportedly from INRA documents indicates that the Thargoids originate from an ammonia-based world. There are even rumours that the Thargoids have a collective consciousness or 'hive mind'. Some of the less outlandish theories include the suggestion that electronic countermeasure technology was reverse-engineered from captured Thargoid vessels."


    "And what of the barnacles, Unknown Artefacts and Unknown Probes? Many believe these objects are of non-human origin, which has led to speculation that they were created by the Thargoids. Unfortunately, however, analysis of these objects has not yielded any concrete information about their origin or purpose."


    "Are the Thargoids real? Frankly, I don't know. But if they are, their true nature can only be guessed at."

    What Drew Wagar had to say about what is Canon in ED:

    Originally Posted by drew View Post (Source)
    I'm afraid you can't use the info in the previous games as canon any longer. Unless it's been mentioned specifically in ED (which is what I am now summarising on my site) it's interesting, but no longer reference material.


    Cheers,


    Drew.

    What Michael Brookes had to say about the Thargoids:

    Originally Posted by Michael Brookes View Post (Source)
    For most of the human population this is true - they've never seen a Thargoid, or even experienced the effects from the conflict, only heard about them in stories. Many people believe that Thargoids are an invention to allow increased military spending. Ricardo Bentonio might know more :-)

    Michael



    DREW WAGAR'S NEW LORE GUIDE

    part of my work in creating the official novel, Elite Dangerous: Premonition, I am keeping a record of the publicly available Elite Dangerous Lore in various subject areas. This is intended as a reliable source of information for players and aficionados of Elite Dangerous – and for my own reference too!
    As you may be aware, some of the lore from previous games has been retconned for the purposes of narrative and consistency within Elite Dangerous. The story relating to the Thargoids is a good case in point.
    These lore guides will not contain spoilers or unauthorised material. Whilst I have been made aware of various parts of the Elite Dangerous story-line and background, I’m not at liberty to divulge it. The information here is thus public knowledge, concatenated for convenience. However, any information I provide here can be considered ‘canon’ for the purposes of lore discussions, it will not contain fan or speculative contributions.
    This archive is provided for convenience. I have located it here for reasons of clarity and to ensure it is not edited without my permission (and there are no irritating adverts here either!). If you have suggestions for additional articles, please let me know.

    GO TO THE GUIDE



    Interesting to read but these journals could not be canon anymore:

    THE THARGOIDS: TRUTH AND FICTION, from FFE(note: you have to do a text search to find these articles)



    GALNET POSTS ABOUT THE THARGOIDS (or Aliens...)

    Galactic News: Galactic Leaders Respond to Discovery - 03/09/3302

    The leaders of the galaxy's major powers have responded to the discovery of a mysterious shipwreck in the Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 system.


    Speaking from the Imperial Palace on Capitol, Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval said:


    "This is a potentially momentous discovery that could signify the dawn of a new era. I speak for all Imperial citizens when I say that the Empire faces this new era with optimism."


    Meanwhile, Federal President Zachary Hudson released a statement from his office at the White House on Mars:


    "Like many of you, I have watched this story unfold with mounting astonishment. I want to assure all Federal citizens – and, indeed, all members of the galactic community – that the Federation is ready for whatever lies ahead."


    Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon struck a more measured tone in his statement:


    "The discovery is unquestionably a remarkable one, but at this stage it would be irresponsible to speculate on its implications. I will say only that, at this point in time, the need for solidarity has never been greater. It is my sincerest wish that the human race moves forward as one, united in purpose and philosophy."

    Freelance Report: Mysterious Wreck could be an Artefact of the Past - 01/09/3302

    The discovery of what appears to be the remains of a non-human spacecraft has sent ripples of fear and curiosity through the galaxy.


    "Many are speculating that this is evidence of recent Thargoid activity," said Professor Steven Eisler of the Okinura Xenobiology Institute, "but it's more likely that the wreckage dates from our first encounters with the Thargoids."


    "What I find disturbing are the messages and clues that led to this xeno-archaeological find. Someone is deliberately preying on mankind's fear of the unknown, and they need to be held accountable for their actions."


    Jaiotu

    Galactic News: Mysterious Wreckage Discovered - 31/08/3302

    A pair of independent pilots by the names of Noctrach and Ihazevich has discovered the remains of what appears to be a starship on planet 9a of the Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 system. The discovery represents the culmination of a galaxy-wide hunt coordinated by the 'Granger Gang' – a band of miscreants led by the smuggler and bounty hunter Otto Granger.


    The event began with a cryptic message delivered by Granger to news feeds throughout the galaxy. This was followed by a series of enigmatic clues, inserted into news channels at a number of starports.


    Solving these clues led pilots to the three members of the Granger Gang: Otto Granger, Mahina Dillon and Logan Khol. When confronted, Granger and his companions claimed to have made a discovery of profound importance, but they refused to reveal the nature or location of this discovery.


    Instead, each member of the gang said they would issue a request for a specific commodity, promising to reveal further information if they received what they asked for. Logan Khol's subsequent request for narcotics was enthusiastically received by the galactic community, and when his targets were met, a further clue was released:


    "The latitude was -26 and it was a cold moon in the Pleiades sector with the letters 'AB' in its name."


    Although the Granger Gang planned to release further clues, they were quickly rendered redundant. Within hours of Khol releasing his information to the public, Commanders Noctrach and Ihazevich discovered the mysterious wreckage.


    Commentators throughout the galaxy have been quick to offer their opinions on this remarkable discovery.


    "I'm familiar with every starship design of the past fifty years, and most of the older ones, too," said Augustus Sym, an Imperial veteran and former test pilot based in the Achenar system, "and I've never seen anything like it. There's no doubt in my mind – that is an alien ship."


    Others have adopted a more cautious stance, while acknowledging that the find could be significant. Professor Ishmael Palin, a leading authority on xeno-biological research, said:


    "I have always been open to the possibility of intelligent non-human life, and this wreck may indeed be an alien vessel. But I will withhold judgement until further evidence is released, or at least until I have an opportunity to inspect the site myself!"

    Galactic News: The Thargoids - 12/08/3302

    Continuing our series on significant episodes from human history, noted historian Sima Kalhana discusses the Thargoids.


    "Are we alone in the universe? It's a question we've been asking for millennia. Even before we expanded into space, we wondered about the possibility of non-human intelligence."


    "Of course, for some, the question has already been answered. We have seen the aliens and we have given them a name: the Thargoids. But accounts of Thargoid encounters are shrouded in so much ambiguity, it is hard to accept them as proof of extraterrestrial intelligence. Furthermore, there have been no credible reports of Thargoid sightings for hundreds of years."


    "The first reported Thargoid encounters date from 3125, when accounts surfaced that pilots had been pulled from witch-space and attacked by mysterious octagonal starships. Witnesses asserted that the strange vessels were exceptionally fast and remarkably manoeuvrable. Pilots who survived these experiences were convinced they had encountered extraterrestrials, and named the aliens 'Thargoids'."


    "As news of these encounters spread, rumours surfaced that the interdictions might be a response to an earlier human attack. Leaked Federal intelligence indicated that colonists in the Veliaze system had encountered and assaulted an extraterrestrial deputation shortly before the Thargoid interdictions began. Suggestions that the Thargoid attacks were a reaction to this attack carried more than a hint of plausibility."


    "Not long after, reports of Thargoid encounters came to an abrupt halt. In the decades that followed, not one credible account of a Thargoid encounter was reported. For some, this was proof that the original reports were groundless – 'the fantasies of lonely pilots, looking for attention', as Arvan Corto of the Imperial Navy said at the time."


    "But public opinion shifted in 3250 when reports emerged that the disappearance of the Thargoids might have been a direct consequence of a covert anti-Thargoid operation. An anonymous message, delivered to a number of media outlets, claimed that an organisation known as the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm had developed a chemical weapon specifically designed to target Thargoid technology. This chemical – known as the mycoid virus – was designed to attack plastic polymers, which were believed to be present in Thargoid hyperdrive systems. The fact that the virus also appeared to harm the Thargoids led to speculation that the aliens' bodies might contain some kind of polymer-like material. The report was dismissed by many leading political figures as a conspiracy theory, but some asserted that it contained enough plausible detail be believable."


    "Since then, very little credible information has emerged. The original accounts from 3125 report that Thargoid ships can execute huge hyperspace jumps, while information purportedly from INRA documents indicates that the Thargoids originate from an ammonia-based world. There are even rumours that the Thargoids have a collective consciousness or 'hive mind'. Some of the less outlandish theories include the suggestion that electronic countermeasure technology was reverse-engineered from captured Thargoid vessels."


    "And what of the barnacles, Unknown Artefacts and Unknown Probes? Many believe these objects are of non-human origin, which has led to speculation that they were created by the Thargoids. Unfortunately, however, analysis of these objects has not yielded any concrete information about their origin or purpose."


    "Are the Thargoids real? Frankly, I don't know. But if they are, their true nature can only be guessed at."

    The Truth is out there - 28/08/3301 - local news



    Aliens Kidnapped the President - 14/08/3301

    The spectre of President Halsey’s disappearance in Starship One refuses to die down. Despite the findings of the official report some claim that the matter is far from closed. One such person is self-proclaimed conspiracy expert Ricardo Bentonio on his investigative show ‘The Hidden World’:

    “They took her for their own purposes. Not the lizard people from Andromeda, that’s the Imperial Dynasty. She’s been taken somewhere different.”

    Federal Navy officials refused to comment on this allegation. One Congressman was overheard joking “Does anyone listen to that loon’s shows? Except his precious lizard people from Andromeda, of course!”

    Soontill Relics Test Results Queried - 18/05/3301

    As further alien artefacts claiming to be from Soontill are being sold on the open market, the results of the initial scientific tests have been revealed.


    “We were looking for key markers,” explains Chief Xeno-Chemist Lyran Betar. “Elemental make up, crystalline structure, anything that indicates it could have originated from human hand.”


    And the results? Inconclusive. The research team’s results clearly state that no known human technology could have created the relics, yet they do not quite align with known Thargoid materials. Whatever they are, they are indeed very old, with isotopic dating indicating that they could well be tens of thousands of years old.


    Jean Molyneaux, a historian from France, Earth, suggests we look back at our own past to determine the home of these relics. “Imagine an alien travelling back two thousand years into mankind’s past. The varied culture, arts and building materials of the Aztecs, Greeks, the Shang dynasty, what have you, the alien could think they were all different species, if that was his way of thinking…”


    The community seems wary of awarding these artefacts any title yet, given the fifty years of false hopes since Soontill was first mentioned by the Thargoids. However, reports indicate that these relics have now arrived at labs on both Mars and Capitol for further testing, and with any luck, we may soon finally agree on what these relics are, or are not.

    Soontill Alien Artefacts to be Auctioned at Ngurii - 10/02/3301

    Soontill Alien Artefacts to be Auctioned at Ngurii

    Soontill is back in the news this week as fresh rumours have surfaced of alien items hitting the market in Ngurii.

    It's been nearly two decades since Gallagher Restoration's auction of Soontill relics was discovered to be merely an outrageous publicity stunt. Although many high profile individuals were left red faced after the Phekda auction, most notably the band Jjagged Bbanner, it seems people still want to believe in the Thargoid legend. Indeed, several familiar names have already come forward enquiring about the new finds.

    What gives the latest rumours more credence than previous claims is the fact that the source of the alien items is not just one individual or one group, but several different lone wolf pilots.

    Is this another hoax?, Another stunt?



    The Canonn group was born among the posts of this huge mega-thread.

    There is an official Discord channel (previous TeamSpeak Server has been closed):
    Click the link below and follow the instructions:
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/241512-Canonn

    There is a Reddit for UA discussion: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnknownArtefact (but it's full of Trolls!)

    And...
    Mr Michael Brookes is more or less one of us. Honoris causa.

  3. #3
    THE UNKNOWN PROBE (UP)

    The Unknown Probes are a newly discovered Commodity.
    They share many similarities with the UA, down to the general texture and glowing parts, so we can assume they are created by the same race. They do not have the 'canisters' section present on UAs, and they glow a deep orange-red. They point to Merope 5C, the planet where Barnacles were first found.
    They have been firstly spotted in a Military Convoy in a Convoy Dispersal Pattern USS (Threat 4), in Ross 47. Later they have been found in other surrounding systems.
    In each convoy, the escort composition may vary, but the UP is always carried by a Python. The Convoy seem to consistently carry Meta Alloys and Reactive armor as well. There's an interesting comms chatter, then the Convoy is attacked by some unknown ships, and a battle takes place.
    The sound of the UP is similar to the UA's: it is composed by sequences of two different Howls, and many purrs between them. While the UA had morse code hidden between the Howls, the UP apparently doesn't.

    An Image of the Unknown Probe






    THE UP TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN DECODED
    !

    In three steps:
    CMDR Muetdhiver
    CMDR Muetdhiver again (officially an Hero!)
    CMDR Wace (a true math genius, worth the Nobel Prize: the full math behind the discovery!)

    The UP is transmitting the closest planet's data, using as unit of measure Merope 5c planet's data themselves.
    It seems Merope 5c has some very important meaning for THEM.

    From the last decoded section a Permitted System was triangulated by CMDR Wace and his MatheMagic:
    Col 70 Sector FY-N c21-3
    Could we assume this could be THEIR origin/homeworld?

    And here what I think is the best explanation for the drawing in the UP sonogram so far:
    The spectrogram, as the given hints suggested, is in fact a key for the data stream we get from the UP, given that both come from the UP, and the diagram provides context for the data that we brute-forced.

    All of the following, paired with the fact the the UP points to Merope 5c (the unit of measure), should have helped us to understand the transmission, that we brute-forced instead.

    • The two top glyphs (-|- -||): are two examples for the reader to understand how the data in the transmission are presented: 3 bit binary Octals. (010 011).
    • Top left: atmosphere (a shell on a planet's surface = atmosphere)
    • Top right: temperature (temperature on a planet depends on the star that it's heating it: something radiating onto a planet suggests heat)
    • Bottom left: gravity (two lines representing two objects falling at the same rate to the surface, and converging on the planet's center of mass)
    • Bottom right: radius (one line from the centre of the body to the surface)
    • The two bottom glyphs (|- - - -|): a distance. Not related to planetary characteristics, nor to the two top glyphs, as they have different spacing, they are an obvious diagram for a length instead. In our case the distance from Col 70 Sector FY-N c21-3, that was in fact the last decoded section of the transmission.

    THE DRAWING in the spectrogram, for comparison:





    WHAT WE'VE LEARNED SO FAR ABOUT THE WHOLE MYSTERY:


    1. The UP transmit in octal, i.e. base 8. The AB wreck has 8 fold symmetry. IMO there is probably a link with the thargoids.
    2. We know that there is a reciever of some kind on Merope 5c for the transmissions, likely thargoid. It has yet to be located.
    3. We know that the UP is looking for ammonia (very likely) and that it's makers are based on ammonia chemistery (likely). Thargoids are amonnia based life.
    4. There is something related to the UP in the Col 70 sector. No way to know what till the lock is lifted. Since it's UP realted, and UP is likely thargoid related, it might be thargoids.
    5. The AB Wreck and the UP where both found in the UA shell. I find it likely that they are related somehow.
    6. It is very likely the the UA and UP where made by the same makers (Likely thargoid related). They have similar design, and emit similar chirps.
    7. The AB wreck look quite similar to the UA/UP in its organic structure. It is possible that they where made by the same race.
    8. The barnacles are related to nebulas, we don't know why. They look different than the UA/UP, more a wildlife thing than designed.
    9. The UP/UA have only been found in the pleiades, but not in other nebulas. Link with the UA/UP is unclear.
    10. What happens in the pleiades is somehow linked to the formidine rift mystery, very likely.
    11. From the Formidine rift stuff, we have "And they thought thargoids where trouble". So, it's quite likely that there are thargoids and something else.


    THE FULL STORY:
    After several weeks of frustrating stalemate, researchers at the Cannon Interstellar Research Group have made a flurry of breakthroughs in their research of the Unknown Probe ("UP").

    The stalemate had been caused by the extremely rare supply of UPs for researchers to work with, since the only known source was, according to our source, "disreputable". Cmdr Ilo broke this barrier at 3:28am 16 Aug by discovering a UP floating in an "Unknown anomaly" signal source in close proximity to an ammonia world, inside what is referred to as "the UA shell" (a sphere of locations where Unknown Artefacts can be found).

    Over the next 24 hours, many other researchers had acquired UPs, and then CMDR MyklAtrum discovered a new signal from the UP, which could be heard by placing your ship on the Merope 5C side of the UP. (The group had previously discovered that the UP always aligns itself towards that planet.)

    Shortly after that, CMDR Gaplant noticed a pattern of binary triplets in the new signal which CMDR Han_Zen transcribed as 5 sections of binary (the triplets indicating octal), with separators, with 4 of those having binary prefixes matching the binary found in the spectrogram of the sound produced by the UP after being 'honked' with any discovery scanner (previously discovered by CMDR Rizal).

    Then in an astonishing feat of ingenuity CMDR Muetdhiver worked out that when the pair of numbers from each section were used as a numerator and a denominator, yielding a fraction, and for one of the sets, it's value matched the gravity of the planet where the UP was, relative to the gravity of Merope 5C. This was quickly followed by him also revealing that the other values represented the relative radius and surface temperature; and that the 4th sequence represented analysis of the planets atmospheric content, expressed using atomic element numbers.

    The value without the prefix was thought to be the relative distance from a reference planet (with 1 representing the distance of Merope 5C). CMDR Wace used this to triangulate the position of the reference system as "Col 70 Sector FY-N c21-3" and reported that the system was inaccessible



    FREE FLOATING UNKNOWN PROBES FOUND CLOSE TO AMMONIA WORLDS!
    (Apparently inside the UA Shell)

    Orienting your ship between the Probe and Merope, a new transmission can be heard (THE RAW AUDIO of the full transmission)!

    A video of the new transmission, full broadcast:




    Confirmed Systems/Planets where UPs have been found
    (SEE THE SPREADSHEET FOR A DETAILED LIST):


    PLEIADES SECTOR KC-U B3-1 8
    PLEIADES SECTOR RO-Q B5-0 7
    PLEIADES SECTOR IR-W D1-55 6
    HIP 20785 5
    Pleiades Sector LC-U B3-2 B2
    And others...

    Check CMDR Scott's guide to UP hunting!

    A list of known systems containing Ammonia Worlds.

    An Amazing UP spawn analysis by CMDR RandokfK, and the ULTIMATE UP HUNTER GUIDE.

    AN AWESOME RECAP from CMDR Muetdhiver:


    Right, time for a recap of what has been found so far (this thread is a wildfire)


    1. Free Floaters UP are found near ammonia worlds close to the Pleiades nebula. It is found in a Threat level 2 anomaly SS. The Spawn rate is low, count 1h to get one.
    2. They emit a tight beam transmission to merope 5c. To hear it you have to be straight between the UP head and merope. Like : oO --- Ship --- Merope


    The transmission :


    1. It is made of five blocks, separated by the whale sounds.
    2. The first four blocks are made of a pair of two subblocks. They sound like an old printer.
    3. The last block is quite longer and made of nine subblocks.
    4. Blocks #2 to #5 have a "header" made of a single sound, going from 1 to 4. (like the drawing)


    Here is the transcription from a recording earlier this morning. kudos for the transcription work of kloopy, digital dan and han zen.
    The transcription of the signal from Pleiades Sector KC-U b3-1 8 we got is :

    " " (space) : short separation between sounds
    # : longer separation between sub-blocks
    / : medium-short separation between some sublocks of block five.

    Binary:
    wail 001 111 010 011 # 001 111 101 000
    wail 001 010 011 001 # 011 111 010
    wail 010 001 110 101 101 # 011 001 000
    wail 011 010 010 000 001 # 011 001 000
    wail 100 010 000 111 / 010 001 111 101 001 010 011 # 001 111 101 000 001 010 010 / 001 100 010 010 001 # 001 111 101 010 001 000 / 011 100 011 # 001 111 101 000

    Octal:
    wail 1723#1750
    wail 1 231#372
    wail 2 1655#310
    wail 3 2201#310
    wail 4 207/2175123#1750 122/14221#175 210/343#1750

    Decimal:
    wail 979#1000
    wail 1 153#250
    wail 2 941#200
    wail 3 1153#200
    wail 4 135/588371#1000 82/6289#125 136/227#1000
    wail 4 alt : 283703891#1000 2693265#125 69859#1000 <= using / as " "

    Analysis :


    • The first thing that appears is that there are repeating instances of 1000, 250, 200, 125. my guess was that this was not chance and that going octal => decimal was right.
    • Also, to me it made sense if the numbers in the first four blocks where : numerator # denominator as dividing by 1000,250,200,125 is a good way of getting rational numbers :) and I though it was measuring the planet somehow.
    • Here is the trick part : it would be fair to assume that the aliens don't use our units. So they got to use an obvious one => merope 5c.


    Lets toy with it :


    1. starts with no header, 979/1000 = 0.979
    2. starts with 1 as header, 153/250 = 0.612
    3. starts with 2 as header, 941/200 = 4.705
    4. starts with 3 as header, 1153/200 = 5.765
    5. starts with 4 135 "/" 588.371 82 "/" 50.312 136 "/" 69.859**


    ** it is not clear to me if the #X denominator should apply to both previous sub-blocks, or only the one just before.

    Now, here are the characteristic of merope 5c : Radius = 1478 [km], Surf. Temp. = 297 [K], Gravity = 0.18 g, Orbit T = 6.6 [dy], 5085 [ls] from arrival.

    Here are the caracteristic of Pleiades Sector KC-U b3-1 8 : Radius = 8518 [km], Surf. Temp. = 182 [K], Gravity = 0.86 g, Orbit T = 196.4 [dy], 223 [ls] from arrival.

    If we do the ratios body X/merope 5c : Radius = 5.763, Surf. Temp. = 0.612[8], gravity = 4.77, Orbit T = 29.76, Dist from arrival = 22.8

    As one can see, the blocks with the #1,#2 and #3 headers fit rather nicely (not perfectly, but too good to be fat chance)

    What is not known :
    The first line : could be the probe health at the transmission start, or something else. It is not the distance to sol as thought previously as the ratio was done in the wrong order.
    The last block with header #4 : so far no good theory has been proposed (that I know of).

    Test to do :
    Recordings at least with an other ammonia world to check the whole thing, and also check for fixed part in the message.
    Clever ideas for the last block decoding XD



    The Unknown Probe Mystery was featured on BBC Show "Click"!
    Watch the Video!



    The Unknown Probe woke up (UP)!

    I've casually tried to scan it with an ADS and it REPLIED!

    Watch the video:



    A LIST OF THE BEST RECORDINGS SO FAR:


    After that, the sound was analyzed, and here's what've been found on the spectrogram
    (plus a great collection of the most relevant images and players' interpratations about the mystery):









    To make it simpler:



    Some of the Symbols on the image let us think to the Voyager's Golden Disk:


    And here, the meaning of the symbols on the Disc (and probably on the UP spectrogram):


    It could be a map of a Planet:



    Could be? ;)











    An interesting illustration by CMDR Simulacrae, about the UA Shell and the new Federal Outposts built in the Pleiades:


    A nice theory:


    UP FAQ:




    A spreadsheet with all the Systems where UP convoys have been found so far.

    UP documentation:

    Watch the video:



    IT POINTS TO MEROPE 5C!
    Watch the video:




    There is an interesting COMMs chatter going on.

    The Convoy seems confused about the UP behavior: it seems they think it's an UA.
    They also talk about doing some "orbital testing".

    THE UP SOUND:

    We have three lines of research about the UP sound: The "Purrs", the "Chirps" and the "Howls".

    UP audio - Purrs Analysis:
    NetSlayer's Purrs analysis
    + various UP audio resources

    UP audio - Chirps Analysis:

    CMDR IsAB's research
    CMDR Kloopy's research

    UP audio - the Howls' notes (transcribed by me):

    First howl:
    G A E - D# G [D#] - -- E! where - are pauses, ! means one octave down, and [] are almost hidden notes.
    Second howl:
    [E!] E - A G - D#

    And here you can hear and see both of them on the score:

    https://www.noteflight.com/scores/vi...3c5f8fd2cb654e


    Merope 5c Survey:
    We are now surveying the whole surface of Merope 5c, PARTICIPATE!
    HERE THE SPREADSHEET to collect data (instructions included)
    The AWESOME Planet Mapper app, from CMDR pirana9



  4. #4
    BARNACLES AND META-ALLOYS

    In-game description:
    Meta-alloys have a complex lattice structure with large internal voids. They are cellular in nature, and formed organically. They are incredibly strong - much stronger than foamed aluminium for example. Many elements form the structure so technically they are alloys, but the composition is different in different parts of the cell walls for strength. They are good thermal insulators, and have a high melting point, but if they are melted they lose all their special properties and become a conventional alloy. They are easily machined, but as yet cannot be manufactured, only found in space. They are associated with recently discovered alien entities nicknamed 'Large Barnacles' by interstellar explorers. These appear to be common in certain parts of space, although no-one is certain why. This material has been heralded as the next step in materials technology. It is ultra-light and stronger and more versatile than most commercially available alloys.

    The official canonn.science article about the Barnacles: everything you need to know.

    Barnacle's image:


    So, now that we have found them, here some TRUE SCIENCE! (Thanks to locastan):


    And this more recent analysis, always from locastan:


    Here's a nice recap + some clever speculations (Courtesy of Turjan):

    The spikes are a wonderful mashup of visual design elements : texture like mussels growing on a worn pier support -



    - but when you see the 'mussels' up close, they're not sea creatures at all, they're fruits!
    The 'unripe' ones look like cocoa pods growing from a tree trunk, but as they ripen, they look more like cape gooseberries (physalis) wating to open.



    The skin of the pod is more like snakeskin though - not unlike the salak fruit in fact -





    It's clear the metal-bearing pods ripen as the 'tree' grows, and the ripe pod contains meta-alloys.

    Which leaves the barnacle - what is its purpose?
    I believe it's a combination of hopper and control centre. First, the barnacle is planted, then it causes trees to sprout around it. The trees mine metals, refine them, then combine them in the fruit pods.

    Finally, the barnacle collects the ripe meta-alloy fruits and stores them in the armoured central structure, waiting for the farmer to return and collect the harvest.

    DAVID BRABEN ABOUT BARNACLES:
    "Barnacles are living creatures." - (Lave Radio Interview, March)
    "Barnacles are genetically engineered based on an earlier life form... ;-)" - AMA



    USEFUL TOOLS TO HUNT BARNACLES



    OTHER TOOLS
    System Map shots of the 16 systems in the Pleiades Nebula (Courtesy of Zenith)
    The Spreadsheet with all the Planets and their datas for everyone to update (Courtesy of NetSlayer)
    Another Spreadsheet with useful data on landable bodies inside the nebula (Courtesy of Kalearne)
    A collection of all the signals on the Wave Scanner (Courtesy of CMDR Shellstrom)
    A Spreadsheet to record all the other Nebulas being searched > submit your data here (Courtesy of M. Volgrand)
    Barnacles - A Chemical Analysis (Courtesy of DMAster)
    The COMPLETE BARNACLES GUIDE!

    Most important stars in the Pleiades Nebula

    Atlas - Class B + F - 3 of 6 planets are landable (high metal) - 1 landable moon(rocky) - good
    Electra - Class B - 3 of 8 planets are landable (metal rich) - good
    Maia - Class B + Black Hole - 1 of 12 planets are landable (high metal) - 26 of 36 moons are landable - good
    Merope - Class B - 13 of 14 moons are landable (rocky) - good
    Taygeta - Class B - 2 of 13 planets are landable (metal rich and high metal) - 9 of 17 moons are landable - good
    Pleione - Class B - 2 of 11 planets are landable (metal rich and high metal) - 19 of 23 moons are landable - good

    Alcyone - Class B - no planets found - discarded
    Celaeno - Class B - no landable planets - discarded
    Asterope - Class B + F + T - no planets found - discarded
    Sterope II - Class A + F - no planets found - discarded
    18 Tauri - Class B + A + G - no planets found - discarded




    BARNACLE FACTS

    Obsidian Ant's video about the Barnacles:


    • According to MB, they have a preference for Nebulae.
      A local Nebulae map:
    • They are being found close to crashed ships sites.
    • They seem to prefer those standing-out colored area (yellow, green, red) common on some planets (Mineral deposits?).
      See for reference:
    • So far, They seem to like Low-G Planets, whose temperature is between 194 K (-79.15 C) and 379 K (105.85 C).
    • They do not produce a POI circle on the ship scanner, so far, so they have to be spotted by eye.
    • here is how they show on the SRV Wave Scanner:
    • They are made by a central structure, very Earth Barnacle-like, plus 17 spikes around it, with glowing green seeds/pods attached to them.
    • The central structure has a very peculiar SYMBOL marked on it: some are speculating it represents the Barnard's Loop, others are speculating it could represent the Large Magellanic Cloud. But The Pleiades Nebula viewed from a particular angle could be the easier guess.
    • Looking inside the central structure a pattern made of some green patches can be seen:
    • Two of the 17 spikes hold a Meta-Alloys seed: shooting them they release a maximum of two Meta-Alloys "pods/seeds".
    • The other spikes release any kind of materials included the very rare ones (Detailed Chemical Analysis).
    • They emit very weird sounds, some of them VERY SIMILAR TO THE UA, the purrs are exactly the SAME: and when sped up we can hear the same Tuba Notes we already heard on the UA:
    • They emit a RUMBLING SOUND like something is happening underground, below them.
    • The central structure and the two Meta-Alloys spikes, produce a green cloud/smoke very similar to the UA.
    • The central structure and the two Meta-Alloys spikes, produce the same sparkles/fireflies as the UA.
    • THERE IS NO MORSE in the Barnacle's sound as far as I can hear.
    • Deploying an UA close to a Barnacle doesn't seem to have any effect.
    • In the crashed Anaconda site, some crates were found: they had some mysterious company name written on them:
      CAINE-MASSEY, could it be associated with the C shaped symbol seen on the Barnacles:

      Anyway, those crates are present in any anaconda crash site found so far, so it's highly unlikely that they could be somehow linked to the Barnacles.


    BARNACLE UNKNOWNS
    • Everything else


    BARNACLE AND UA CONNECTIONS

    • Barnacle's Low Purrs are IDENTICAL to a free floater's.
    • The blue fireflies effect is almost the same.
    • The green cloud/smoke is very similar.
    • The green markings on the central structure have similarities with the mayan like markings on the UA pods.
    • Meta-Alloys seem to heal the troubled Stations (Prof. Palin confirmed that UAs are causing the malfunctions).



    THEORIES
    • Barnacles could be an Alien version of our Mining Facilities/Extraction outposts, with meta-alloys being a product of their mining activity. They collect standard material to produce Meta-Alloys.
    • The UA could be produced by them, then sent to space, to look for other places to colonize/reproduce: a Probe/incubator then.
    • Tinfoil WARNING: The Barnacles could have been "sent" in various Nebulae by their "creators": but each nebula could have a different Barnacle MARKING, depicting that nebula viewed from their creators' HomeWorld.
      Finding more nebulae, and using their unique Barnacles Marking, we could be able to triangulate their HomeWorld location.
    • Barnacles could be an evolution of the UA, another stage of it.


    DISPROVED




    THE BARNACLES SOUND


    An interesting analysis from bitstorm:

    Originally Posted by bitstorm View Post (Source)
    Well folks here we go again?

    Give it a listen. :)

    Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/bitstorm-1/me...ge-barnacle-20

    This is the Merope 5C barnacle audio at 20x.

    Here is the original 12 minute version if anyone wants to play with it : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8...EZjb3VzdXNqTkk

    The purrs are perfectly regular, and they high/low.

    Do we have another code?

    I am transcribing this as : 0110110101011010011011001010100101010

    It looks like it's a very similar pattern to the UA, in that there's never any triple repeat (we never figure out why).

    We never decoded the UA purrs. And well it seems whatever pattern the UA is using, the barnacle in principle does the same.

    it could be meaningless, I think we hit a dead end and felt that was the conclusion with the UA, but well maybe it's not. =p



    THE UNKNOWN ARTEFACT (UA or AEO)

    In-game description:
    Only recently discovered, these mysterious artefacts currently have no designation. Despite much conjecture as to the nature of these objects, it appears that the scientific community is unwilling or unable to openly identify the artefacts' origins. Such mystery only serves to make these objects more widely sought after by wealthy individuals and organisations alike, no matter that their unidentified status automatically prohibits them form being sold on any legal market.

    One of my imgur UA galleries, for reference:




    UA RESEARCH NOTES (Courtesy of RedWizzard, edited by RiZ@L72)

    WHERE TO FIND A UA
    Since 1.4 was released UAs can be found in systems that are between 135 and 150 Ly from Merope, with Merope being the center of what we now call "The Shell". There is a list of confirmed systems in the Canonn Scientific Data Archive: 1.4 UA Spawn Systems. In these systems a single UA will appear as salvage in most Strong Signal Sources. Usually a SSS will appear within a few minutes of arrival in the system but it has been known to take up to about 30 minutes. Our recommendation is that if you don’t find a UA (in a system that is the correct distance from Merope) within 10 minutes then try another system.
    Prior to 1.4, salvage (aka “free-floating”) UAs could be found in systems near (or in) the Pleiades nebula, though they were much rarer than they are now. It would regularly take eight hours or longer to find a single UA. These salvage UAs were only confirmed in 1.3 but may have also existed in 1.2. Exactly which systems they appear in was difficult to determine due to their rarity. In both 1.2 and 1.3 UAs could also be found in heavily armed convoys found in SSS in systems in the bubble. These convoys were easily identified by the distinctive local comms chatter broadcast by the Type-9 carrying the UA.
    UA carrying convoys have been recently sighted in Horizons, in system HIP 15609.
    After 2.1 release, they now drop an Unknown Fragment (one of the 12 pods, to be precise), if blown-up.


    WHAT THEY ARE KNOWN TO DO



    • The first thing you may notice is that they scan your ship. This happens as soon as you close to within 1000m of the UA (which may happen as soon as you drop into the SSS).
    • The UA will orient itself so the that the spherical/bulbous end points towards Merope system (and Merope star when inside the system). A UA that is bumped will reorient itself. There have been a small number of cases where a UA has been seen not oriented toward Merope; it is unknown whether this is significant behaviour or a bug.
    • UAs broadcast a complex audio signal. Part of the signal has been decoded. It is a highly stylised Morse code transmission consisting of blocks of 6 letters. When each pair of letters is taken as coordinates and each block is interpreted as a triangle the resulting diagram is a primitive drawing of the just scanned (i.e. your) ship.
    • When scooped you’ll notice that UAs are toxic cargo and cause damage to the internal components of your ship. If not mitigated they will corrode the cargo hatch to the point where it fails and then fall out. This damage increases if multiple UAs are carried.
    • UAs are illegal throughout the bubble but can be sold at black markets.
    • Free floater UAs do not decay and produce a very clear and neat sound: 1st Howl, morse chittering, 3 Purrs, 2nd Howl -> repeat. After an UA is scooped and then jettisoned again, it starts decaying and the sound becomes different in some parts: there is a loud high pitched Background noise, most probably linked to its decaying state, making the morse harder to spot, and the Purrs become 5/6. Near the UA end, around 10% health, the BG sound disappear, and the UA sound is again similar to the free floater's. Then the UA dies screaming, in a very peculiar explosion, showing some kind of very fast jet shooting from it, in the direction of its axis.
    • If deployed from SRV it morses the name of the Planet and it does not decay like it does if deployed from Ship.
    • After 2.1 release, they now drop an Unknown Fragment (one of the 12 pods, to be precise), if blown-up.



    TIPS FOR OWNERSHIP


    Generally a single UA is quite easy to care for, but you will have to be careful carrying more than a couple. The primary concern is the internal systems damage. Here are some tips to handle this:

    • First and foremost keep an eye on your cargo hatch. If it fails in normal space you can usually recover any cargo that falls out, provided you notice. However if it fails in supercruise then you are out of luck.
    • Carry one or more Auto Field-Maintenance Units. You need to keep your cargo hatch above 75-80% to prevent malfunctions.
    • Carry some additional (less valuable) cargo so that if your cargo hatch does fail you won’t necessarily lose the UA.
    • Have a lot of modules. The more modules in your ship, the more the damage will be spread out and the less your cargo hatch will suffer.
    • If you’re travelling long distance, jump quickly. From the time you arrive in a system you have 30 seconds until the first damage occurs. If you can scoop fuel (if necessary), find your next destination, and get to the jump countdown before the damage triggers, then you will avoid all damage in that system and get a new 30 second window in the next system. UAs have successfully been taken to Sagittarius A* this way.
    • If you’re carrying 3 or more UAs, you need to be lucky. More than two UAs hitting the cargo hatch simultaneously can cause it to malfunction even if it was at 100%.




    HISTORY IN BRIEF



    • Existence of the UAs was foreshadowed in the trailer for 1.2: the point-of-view character was allegedly transporting one to Leonard Nimoy Station in LHS 3006 (though note there were no signs of module degradation as would be expected if a UA was actually on board).
    • Arcanonn (whose name “The Canonn” is derived from) started a thread about the various mysteries and hints that appeared around 1.2. The thread quickly focused on the UAs. Michael Brookes asked if we had “listened to them”.
    • After much searching we managed to find UAs being carried by large, heavily armed convoys found in Strong Signal Sources in various systems. The Type-9 carrying the UA in these convoys broadcast unusual chat messages about the UA.
    • The first UA was recovered from such a convoy in Timocani and we immediately noticed it’s odd appearance, the distortion and particle cloud effects, it’s unique audio, and the damage it does to internal systems (apparently identical to toxic waste canisters). Through most of 1.2 and 1.3 UAs were recovered from these convoys at a rate of about 1 per week or two.
    • Much effort was spent trying to figure out if there was any sort of message to be found in the audio. Eventually (after 1.3 was released) it was confirmed that one of the audio components was Morse code for the name of the nearest celestial body.
    • Towards the end of 1.3, right when a debate was going on about the Seven Marking on the UA being a possible hint to the Seven Sisters (The Pleiades), an XBox player found a UA floating as salvage in a SSS in HR 1185 (which is near the Pleiades nebula). It quickly became apparently that these “free-floating” UAs were much easier to find than the convoys. UAs were being recovered at a rate of one every day or so.
    • The 1.4 beta revealed new behaviour which has been since confirmed in 1.4 proper: UAs in space now orient themselves to point towards Merope. If they are nudged they will quickly turn to realign themselves. They also scan ships that approach within 1000m.
    • Near the end of the beta it was discovered that systems near Aries Dark Region GW-W d1-52 produce free-floating UAs at a much higher rate than previous seen. Typically a SSS containing a UA will be found in that system within minutes of arrival. This also occurs in 1.4 proper.
    • A couple of Galnet articles announced the creation of a Federal research programme under Professor Ishmael Palin to investigate the UAs, and then the termination of said programme only days later. Apparently the Federation knows something about these things and isn’t interested in sharing. The Empire and the Alliance have both been suspiciously silent.
    • In 1.4 we discovered that the Morse code broadcast by the UA had changed. Instead of a celestial body name it was a series of semi-random letters. The signals are coordinates defining 2D triangles that make up a crude line drawing of the ship that the UA just scanned.
    • The systems known to spawn free-floating UAs have been found to form a shell around Merope, between 135 and 150 Ly from that system.
    • Galnet reported technical difficulties plaguing first the Warkushanui system and then 49 Arietis as well. The articles suggest the UAs may be the cause though this is currently unconfirmed.
    • Galnet reported that Professor Palin has restarted his research program independently of the Federation at Christian Dock in the Nganji system.
    • A CG made a Station on the Pleiades a reality: Obsidian Orbital in Maia.
    • Elite Dangerous: Horizons released. Something mysteryous and added in game.very Alien-like is briefly shown on the launch Trailer.
    • Meta-Alloys are a new and very interesting commodity added in 2.0 - Barnacles are first mentioned in their description.
    • Prof. Palin announced the wish to build a brand new research outpost on Maia B1BA
    • UA carrying convoys sighted for the first time since 1.3, in system HIP 15609.
    • Michael Brookes pops up in the fourth UA thread asking if we would like to have some hints on Barnacles location, being them “exceedingly rare”.
    • Barnacles have been found in three Nebulas so far: Pleiades, California, Witch's Head.




    ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONS and USEFUL TOOLS

    The MORSE

    - The complete collection of the UA morse chittering alphabet

    - The complete list of all the decoded signals for each ship (updated to 2.0, courtesy of myself ):

    Code:
    Adder:
    BTCQEQ BTEQFQ BTFQEU 
    BTFQDV BTDVCV CQCNDM 
    CQDMDQ DMHIMG DMGMDQ 
    DQGMFQ EUFQHP EUHPKN 
    EUKNPM EUPMIU EUIUGV 
    EUGVDV FQGMHP GMHIJH 
    GMJHNF GMNFPF GMPFJL 
    GMJLKN HIIGJH PJLKN(N) 
    IGLEMF IGMFJH IUPMQO 
    JHNFNF JLPFPG JLPGSG 
    JLSGKN KNSGPM PFQDPG 
    PGQDSD PGSDSG PMSGVH 
    PMVHVM PMVMQO SDTBSG 
    SGTBTF SGTFVH VHXGVM 
    VMXGYI XGYEYI 
    
    Anaconda:
    NALBOB JGLBMG KIJGKM 
    HPKMJS HTKSIW HWKSJZ 
    JZKSMZ MTPZPS MZPSPZ 
    KSNJLB LBOBNJ OBSPQS 
    NJOBRT RSSTSV NJPSOZ 
    SVQZPZ NJPSPLS 
    
    Asp:
    AODJHM AOHMQT DJFIHM 
    EHHHII EHIIFI FIIIHM 
    HHJGKG HHKGNG HHNGMH 
    HHMHII HMIILI HMLISR 
    HMSRQT IIMHLI KFNGKG 
    LIMHWQ LIWQUQ LIUQSR 
    MHNGOG MHOGWQ OGVIZN 
    OGZNYO (S)TSRST (U)RUQST 
    STUQUR UQWQWR UQWRVS 
    UQVSUR WQYOYP WQYPWR 
    
    Asp Scout:
    AJGFGJ AJGJEK AJEKBL 
    BLEKBM BMEKFL BMFLCO 
    COFLHL COHLDR DRHLMP 
    DRMPRU EKGJHL EKHJFL 
    GFKFNI GFNIGJ GJNIHL 
    HLNIMP KFOGNI MPNIRU 
    NIOGTI NITIRU RUTIXQ 
    RUXQVV
    
    Cobra:
    FCAJBM FCHHBM FCLBHH 
    BMHHHO LBHHQP HHHOQP 
    BM(LB)QPVL QPVLWP 
    
    Corvette:
    AJHFAC BNDMCO CJHFFJ 
    CJFJGK CJGKDM CODMTV 
    DMGKHL DMHLIL DMILTU 
    DMTUTV FJHFII FJIIGK 
    GKIIJJ GKJJJK GKJKIL 
    GKILHL HFMFII IIMFQI 
    IIQIJJ ILJKTU JJQIJK 
    JKQIWP JKWPZT JKZTWV 
    JKWVTU MFNFQI QIXOWP
    
    
    Cutter:
    AGBFBJ AGBJAH BFCGBJ 
    BJCGCH BJCHCI BJCICJ 
    CHGFCI CIGFHI CIHIGJ 
    GENHKI GEKIJM GEJMHI 
    GEHIGF GJHIJM JMKILJ 
    JMLJML JMMLNP KINHLJ 
    LJNHOI LJOINK LJNKML 
    MLNKRO MLROPP MLPPNP 
    NGOGQI NGQIOI NGOINH 
    NKOIVP NKVPUP NKUPRO 
    NPPPSS OIQIQJ OIQJVP 
    PPROUQ PPUQTR PPTRWU 
    PPWUSS QJVOVP ROUPUQ 
    TRUQYU TRYUWU UPVPVQ 
    UPVQUQ UQVQYU VOWPVP 
    VPWPVQ VQWPYU WPYSYU
    
    DBS:
    BUCQEV BUEVEX BUEXBW 
    CQFNFR CQFREV EKIIGJ 
    EVFRHT EVHTHV EVHVEX 
    FNGKHL FNHLIO FNIOFR 
    FRIOIQ FRIQHT GKIILM 
    GKLMHL HLLMKM HLKMIO 
    HTIQIT HTITIW HTIWHV 
    HVIWHW IIMGNK IINKLM 
    IOKMIQ IQKMIS ISKMLM 
    ISLMMR ISMRMS ISMSIW 
    IWMSLV LMNKON LMONMR 
    MGTDSF MGSFRH MGRHNK 
    MRONOP MROPMS MSOPPP 
    MSPPPR NKRHPM NKPMON 
    ONPMPO ONPOOP OPPOPP 
    PMRHVK PMVKZP PMZPXS 
    PMXSPO POXSPP PPXSPR 
    RHSFVF RHVFYI RHYIYJ 
    RHYJVK VFXEYI 
    
    DBX:
    BOCMCQ BOCQCS BOCSBQ 
    CMFKDO CMDOCQ CQDOFP 
    CQFPGR CQGRCS DOFKGL 
    DOGLHN DOHNFP FKHIGL 
    FPHNJO FPJOJP FOJPGR 
    GLHIKK GLKKHN GRJPJR 
    HIMGKK HNKKNM HNNMJO 
    JONMNN (J)ONNJP JPNNNP 
    JPNPJR KKMGOI KKOINM 
    MFPEOG MFOGOH MFOHMG 
    MGOHOI NMOIPK NMPKPN 
    NMPNNN NNPNOP NNOPNP 
    OGPESE OGSEQI OGQIOH 
    OHQIOI OIQIPK OPPNQO 
    PEUDSE PKQIXI PKXIWK 
    PKWKZN PKZNWQ PKWQQO 
    QISEXI SEUDVE SEVEZH 
    SEZHXI UDVCVE VEXEZH 
    XEZDZH XIZHZI 
    
    Courier:
    AQHLHM AQHLHM AQGOHO 
    AQGOMO GKGJHL GKCKEJ 
    BJCICK CIIGGJ IGKFLG 
    JHLGKH GJKIMJ MJSHVK 
    SHVIVK LLMJVK BRLLMO 
    BRMOLQ LLVKMO LQMORP 
    LQQRRP PTPVQU PTXPYR 
    QUYRXP PVPVXS QUYQXS 
    QRRPVQ RPUOVQ MOVKYM 
    VKXJYM MOUOYM 
    
    Clipper:
    AQBPDN ARFQGR CQDOEP 
    DNKKHN FLNIGM FLFJNI 
    FJFINI FIHHJH CICHDH 
    CHFFDH DHFFIF FFIEIF 
    HHIGJH KKRHRI KKRIMN 
    MNRISJ FQMNGR GRMNLQ 
    LQTLPP LQPPOR ORTLQS 
    QSTMRS SSTMTT TMULUM 
    URVSTT SVTUTV TUXRYS 
    TUTVYS XRZSYS TVXUZS 
    
    Eagle:
    CMCRKO DRKNMY KNLDMK 
    LDMAOD ODMKQN MKMYQN 
    MYQNXR QNXRXM 
    
    Dropships:
    AOFKHK FKFIHK FIHHHK 
    HKHHKI HHJGLI JGNGKH 
    FMGKJN HKLIJN JNLIRH 
    GNFQHO IPJNJP GTIPJT 
    IPJNMS INNKMT MTNIYR 
    NKZPYS NKRHZP 
    
    FdL:
    ATKIJM KILGMI JMKINH 
    NHPFOI OITIQJ TIVITJ 
    VIXGWI UKUIWI UKWIWJ 
    ROUJXL WLZMUO BUROWO 
    BUIMTJ BUTKRO KLNNRJ 
    NIQNQJ 
    
    Hauler:
    ASAOHP AOEKHP DKKLAO 
    DKJGHK JGKFLG JGNGHK 
    NGRHHK RHKLHK RHSFTI 
    RHRNKL TIVMZN VMSPRN 
    KLRNFQ CSRNSP ASHPCS 
    
    Kellback:
    BOCNCP BOCPBQ BQCPCR 
    CNEMEO CNEOCP CPEOFQ 
    CPFQFS CPFSCR EKGJGN 
    EKGNEM EMGNEO EOGNHP 
    EOHPFQ FQHPIP FQIPMS 
    FQMSHS FQHSES GJJIIK 
    GJIKIN GJINGN GNINHP 
    HPINIP HSMSIT IKJIJK 
    IKJKIN INJKJL INJLIP 
    IPJLMM IPMMMN IPMNOO 
    IPOOMS JILJJK JKLJOJ 
    JKOJMK JKMKJL JLMKMM 
    MKOJNK MKNKMM MMNKMN 
    MNNKOM MNOMON MNONNO 
    MSNOTQ MSTQPS NKOJOM 
    NOONTP NOTPTQ OJSJTP 
    OJTPOM OMTPON PSTQTR 
    SJVKTP TPVKWO TPWOWP 
    TPWPUQ TPUQTQ TQUQTR 
    UQWPVQ VKWKWO WKYMWO 
    WOYMYO
    
    Orca:
    CDFCFE CDFEEF CDEFGK 
    CDGKCF CFGKEI CFEIDH 
    CHDHEI CHEIDI EFFEGF 
    EFGFIH EFIHIJ EFIJHK 
    EFHKGK FCIDFE FEIDGF 
    GFIDKI GFKIIH GKHKJM 
    HKIJJM IDNHKI IHKIKJ 
    IHKJIJ JKJJM(O) JMKJOM 
    JMOMTT JMTTTU JMTUTV 
    JMTVPS JPLPPS JPPSLR 
    JMPSLP KINHOM KIOMKJ 
    NHRLOM OMRLUQ OMUQTT 
    TTUQVU TTVUTU TUVUWW 
    TUWWTV UQVQXT UQXTXU 
    UQXUVU VUXUWW WXXUXW 
    XTYVXU XUYVXW 
    
    Python:
    FAGAHG GAICHG HAMFHC 
    ICMFJE JEMFKG JFKGJG 
    MFNKRM NKRMTS LKTSPP 
    PPTSTU PPTURX PPRXNU 
    NURXOZ NUQZMX JPPPNU 
    HGMKLO MKPPLO HGLOIP 
    GHKPIP 
    
    Sidewinder:
    ACNALC LCNAPC NAZCPC 
    ACLCDL DLNAWL PCZCWL 
    LEPEMG 
    
    T6:
    CIEGON CIONEL CIELCO 
    COELIP COIPHR COHRCQ 
    CQHRHU EEEFGG EEGGFG 
    EEFGEG EGEFON ELONIP 
    FGGGON HRIPKS HRKSKT 
    HRKTHU HUKTJV IPONOQ 
    IPOQKS KDKLKF KFLDMF 
    KFMFQH KFQHMI MFRFXJ 
    MIQHQM MIQMON ONQMSQ 
    OQSQSS OQSSRT QHXJUL 
    QHULQM QMULSQ RTSSUS 
    SQULVP SQVPVR SQVPSS 
    SSVRUS ULXJXM ULXMVP 
    XJYKXM XMYKYO 
    
    T7:
    BVARGV ARAOEJ EJQIJL 
    EJKHQI LMMGNG MGPERE 
    NGRESF MHSFQI SFUFVG 
    SFVGQI TIVGTJ JLTISK 
    SKVIUL ULVIYG ULYGI(P) 
    JLSKKO IOJLKO GQIOKO 
    ETGQMT ETMTGV KOMQLR 
    LRRRMT LRRPRR RRSPVR 
    SPWPVR RPUNSP TNWLWN 
    WNWLYN WLZMYN ULVIYG 
    ULYGYI 
    
    T9:
    ANDPBP AMBLDN BIGKCK 
    BIQNGL BICFGK CFGELH 
    IFLELH LFPILH LFOHMH 
    PHPFSG SGVGSH SHVGZN 
    PHSGUL TGZNVJ MHIJLK 
    MHQHPI LHPILK LKPIUL 
    LKULQO ULYNYR TMYQUT 
    YRYTVU VTYRVU RNVUPT 
    MORNPT IPMOPT MRPTNU 
    JPNUKT PBIPKT 
    
    Viper:
    ANCKEL ANELEP CKEHEL 
    EHJKEL EHFGJK EPJKVU 
    JKWTVU FGOLON OLONRP 
    RPTPVS QLYQWQ YOYQQL 
    FGGFQL FGQLOL HGIFQL 
    IFKFQL KFQLYO KFOFYO 
    
    Viper MKIV:
    BNIGDQ DQIGHL DQHLJM 
    DQJMHO HLIGMF HLMFKK 
    HLKKJM HOJMJP HSJPMN 
    JMKKMM JMMMKN JMKNJP 
    JPKNMN JUXMXO JUXOXQ 
    JUXQKU KKMFQH KKQHRI 
    KKRIMM KNMMMN MFRFQH 
    MMRIMN QHRFTG RITGVH 
    VHXJXM XJYKXM XMYKYN 
    XMYNXO
    
    Vulture:
    APCJKR APKRER APERDR 
    CJDIGJ CJGJPN CJPNKM 
    CJKMKR ERKRLS ERLSGT 
    FGGFHH GFKCOJ GFOJQL 
    GFQLHH GJHHPM GJPMPN 
    HHQLPM KCNDOJ KMPNMN 
    KMMNKR KRMNNS KRNSLS 
    MNPNQO MNQOSQ MNSQNS 
    NDQGOJ NSSQOT OJQGQH 
    OJQHSL OJSLQL OTQLVT 
    PMQLRM PMRMQO PMQOPN 
    PUVTVU QHTISL QLSLRM 
    QORMUO QOUOSQ RMSLUO 
    SLTIUI SLUIYN SLYNWN 
    SQUOUR SQURVT UOWNYQ 
    UOYQXR UOXRUR URWSVT 
    VTWSWT VTWTVU

    - The online tool to draw the signals (Thanks to Anjin)
    - Just an example of my personal MORSE visual decoding method, using Sonic Visualizer
    - The Site I use for easy morse translation, once morse is acquired.

    The UA Shell
    - RedWizzard’s 3D visual tool for visualizing UA Shell System’s location in Space
    - RedWizzard spreadsheet with all the UA spawning Systems so far

    UA Files
    - bitstorm's awesome online tool for keeping track of all the relevant posts in our Mega-Thread.



    The UA Wiki page has a lot of useful information, though it is not updated as diligently as it once was.

  5. #5
    Originally Posted by Kaltern View Post (Source)
    I feel like probably a lot on here thinking 'too obscure, need more in-game clues'.

    If a puzzle is too obscure, interest will wane. It happened with the barnacles, and it'll happen here.
    The puzzle is not too obscure. The problem is people trying to read too much into what they have. The same thing happened with the barnacle search and I was just as guilty of it.

    I already have a very nice set of coordinates now, thank you. Once I finish my noodles I shall investigate them further. No need for hints or clues. The image already has all the info we need.

    If I am unsuccessful, I shall try a different angle. Literally.

  6. #6
    Originally Posted by Atebits View Post (Source)
    Maybe we should stop looking at these things for awhile and poke at the dead ships that have black box messages or whatever? Maybe it's possible to determine the path of their crash or something else useful?

    Nothing says the UP, UA, or Barnacles are the end all be all of the science to be had.
    Keen to see what happens if you scan one of the "key not present" data banks when there's a UP present.

  7. #7
    Originally Posted by Colonel Kenney View Post (Source)
    Yep same here..

    So far all we have are his words, no screens so until someone actually produces a screen I think we are wasting out time. It could even be a troll. Not saying he's lying but it would be a good troll.
    Nope I'm not trolling. What I saw 100% was an "Organic Outcrop". I was in VR at the time and screenshots produced double image without the HUD so I cropped it out and posted (http://imgur.com/LO0jVbE). Shadowplay was inactive so no video either. Whilst I was writing the post the VR compositor powered down so when I came back to it I was physically out of the SRV with dead controls (VR issue). I had no choice but to log out and in again, but the outcrop was gone. I am massively frustrated by this. I spent some time looking for it but nausea kicked in so I called it a night. Re-attempted search again this morning and felt sick quite quickly (SRV on mountain not great in VR even on 90fps). So I reverted back to 2d screen and spent 1hr searching with still no luck.

    Co-ordinates of the Organic Outcrop are at Merope 5c -26.4637 -156.4498

    Originally Posted by ashtaraa View Post (Source)
    SpeedMATS can you confirm that this was same for you, or are you 100% sure about what you saw?
    100% sure what I saw.

    Update: searching this morning resulted in an application crash in that area. I can't remember the last time I had a crash, it's been that long.

  8. #8
    Still I don't understand how UP in for ex. Ross 47 points to Merope. I'm sorry.

  9. #9
    I believe this represents instructions to complete a Fourier transformation to unlock more data. Fourier transformation is the simplest way to transform a signal by excluding wave forms

    The [ .. repreents the start of the locked transmission, the ..] represents the end

    The time key shows the time to cover 1/4 of the circle is 1 second meaning the circule represents a 4 hz cycle.

    the two lines at the bottom left of the circle represent the band range that need to remain after the filter is applied

    What do people think?

  10. #10
    Originally Posted by HBosch View Post (Source)
    I believe this represents instructions to complete a Fourier transformation to unlock more data. Fourier transformation is the simplest way to transform a signal by excluding wave forms
    But we are already doing a Fourier transform...

  11. #11
    This isn't really anything related. Just something to help if you're stuck in some kind of loop or closed thinking.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5vJSNXPEwA

  12. #12
    Originally Posted by ilo View Post (Source)
    you might need to read what a probe is..
    I thought I could get away with a shorter sentence but apparently it will be impossible. I think I know what a probe is. Obtain info about the environment...All right. What's the point of making it accessible to humans though? I mean, are the inner workings of Voyager 1 and 2 also engraved on a plaque of some kind so that aliens can understand how they work (the probes)? (I don't know, maybe they did.) What I meant was that maybe the message was similar to the Pioneer plaque or Voyager's Golden Record. Does that make sense?

  13. #13
    Visited Maia B area and probably nothing but there were convoys ("convoy dispersal pattern detected [threat 0]") and when you scanned cargo ships they had "inconsistent shield soak analysis" and "distorted shield cycle recordings". Other ships at convoy were with normal scans. I don't have cargo scanners with me.

  14. #14
    Hi, my first post on forums and i dont know if iam posting in right thread or if i should create a new one. But what the hell...

    Last 4 days a i had a total blast, one of the best times in my gaming "life"! Bought ViPER IV, fited it for explo/mission - i call it my universal fit and headed towards Merope. 2 hours after my arrival a found my first Barnacle, accidentaly the persistent one on 5C.
    I found the barnacle in its "minned" state (which i did not know in that time). So i made a lot of screens, shared them with friends and headed to Merope 2a to see those Faraguts hovering above Barnacles.

    1 hour latter i found the Faragut with its escort and 30mins after that i found the barnacle. What a surprise, when i saw that barnacle is guarded with "drones". Also this was the first time i realized that this barnacle is different, that its "secondary roots" are bigger, sharper. So i rode back to my ship, took down the drones in my Viper and went back to my SRV. What happened in the next 30 minutes was probably the best experience in Elite so far for me. I saw "the blooms", tried to shot them, opened cargo and harvested them. Found a lot of minerals/metals this way. But then i saw some kind of "Big Bloom". Did the same, but got Meta Alloy. And then it got me like blow into the head. What if UA's, Barnacles, UP's work in nearly the same way as Tiberium does in Command and Conquer series?

    1)Probes are traveling through galaxy, looking for suitable worlds for terraforming and then transfer the signal "home" to Merope, where is some kind of "gateway" to Witchspace or wherever are they coming from.

    2)The probes with "seed pods" come to those suitable worlds and send/plant their pods in the soil.

    3)After a while main barnacle comes to life and grows. Barnacle starts to harvest various minerals and metals that are needed and organically transforms them (from the description of meta alloys) into the form of Meta Alloy. This results in the growth of secondary barnacle roots where small and big blooms grow. And later possibly in reproduction of said "primary barnacle" into more barnacles and basically colonising the whole world in coming months/years.

    4) Its one huge living organism/plant/fungus that spreads this way.

    5) The fact, that we found those 3 Alien objects is kind of logical. Probes are small, hard to spot. The same thing applies to vessels with seeds. What is "easier" to spot are Barnacles, which are bigger and on the same spot. So "they" were in our space long before we actualy found them and were already spreading, probing and scouting our space. Then the Barnacle on Merope 5C sprouted and things went crazy.


    So what if - "they" are terraforming worlds to their needs so they can live on them?

    PS: english is not my native lang. big greetings from Czech Republic!
    PSS: kudos to those that to the hard work with probes and spectograms!

  15. #15
    Has anyone tried using their ship's headlights to communicate with UAs or UPs, copying the 4 symbols as a guide (dots and dashes)?

    I lazily browsed here and came up with R W D U, going left-to-right top-to-bottom, and can't think of what it means or what the rainbow curve signifies...but, do we all remember Independence Day and trying to communicate through light-signal morse code?

    I'm mostly just curious if anybody's thoroughly tried that route before.

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