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    DEPARTING NOV 5th - The S.H.E.P.A.R.D. MISSION: Deep Space Exploration

    The S.H.E.P.A.R.D. MISSION: Stellar Heliographic Expedition for Proto Astronomical Reconnaissance and Discovery

    ***Departing Nov 5, 3302***
    Arrives back at Sol on May 5, 3303 - the same date SHEPARD achieved orbit

    ***Sign Up Here!!!***
    https://goo.gl/forms/CpOGqOm7lKPJNOvn2

    ***EdEx Discord Server Link Here***

    https://discord.gg/0t9DFHttXuE4HkFR

    ***EDSM Expedition Page with Waypoints & Basecamps***
    https://www.edsm.net/expeditions/sum...A.R.D.+Mission

    ***Download High-res pdf of SHEPARD Here***
    Attachment 113186

    ***Download High-res pdf of WAYPOINTS & BASECAMPS Here***
    Attachment 113185




    The S.H.E.P.A.R.D Mission
    of interstellar discovery is a 6-month exploration mission named in honor of Alan Shepard, the second human to enter space, and one of only twelve humans to land on the moon during the historic Apollo Missions. Our mission is to obtain scientific data - to observe, document, and collect three primary types of deep space measurements:

    0.1_
    Scan the stars of over 10,000+ systems to collect data on star migration and composition to understand relationships between star locations, movement, and clustering around galactic arms - including detailed surface scans of hyper-fast rotating planets and stars.

    0.2_ Collect and collate information from over 30 Planetary Nebula and Supernova Remnants // To discover new unexplored and unknown planetary nebula, in particular on the far side of the galaxy.

    0.3_ Perform a deep image scan of visible light from three distinct and distant locations across the galaxy to triangulate stellar formation and movement.




    MISSION DESCRIPTION:

    The SHEPARD Mission is first and foremost a fleet exploration mission - think Distant Worlds or the Galactic Nebula Expedition. This means, most of the time we will be flying independently, scanning systems (honking), and performing detailed surface scans of astronomical bodies that compel us. Where SHEPARD differs, however, are in two ways - duration and 'scientific' aims:

    A) Duration
    - The SHEPARD Mission is one of the longest of its kind. Taking 6 months to travel through the galaxy, which is longer than Distant Worlds & GNE Combined! There are two primary reasons for this. First is that SHEPARD is intended to be a pure exploration mission, where commanders take their time searching out unknown and unique points of interest in the galaxy, rather than simply jump scan / jump scan from waypoint to waypoint only looking at 'sights and wonders'. It is the hope, especially in the relatviely unexplored regions of Leg 2 & Leg 3 - that we will find some new astronomical anomalies (multiple black hole systems, binary Earth Likes, unknown planetary nebula)... The second reason that SHEPARD is so long in duration is that it is a return journey... which makes it roughly twice as long!

    B) Scientific Aim
    - While I will be the first to admit, it is hard to do KEPLER scans of the galaxy, we can however achieve some level of astronomical contribution for the ED Galaxy. We hope to achieve this is 4 ways:

    -First, throughout the trip it is encouraged that all cmdrs have EDDiscovery installed on their ships computers... this will allow system you visit to be logged with EDSM - the Elite Dangerous Star Map https://www.edsm.net/ which is a comprehensive cataloque of all visited and known stars in the galaxy. EDSM will also route and track our expedition and add our progress to a 3-D map of the galaxy. SHEPARD has just been entered into the database and you can track our progess here (https://www.edsm.net/expeditions/sum...A.R.D.+Mission).

    -Second, we will climb to the top of the galactic ceiling at Waypoint 22 (just outside the Near 3k Arm in the Galactic Core). This trip will utilize the new Pulsar FSD boost technology (loads of NS and WD at this location), along with increased ranges from 2.1 and 2.2, to take us further up the ceiling than that which has ever been achieved in the history of mankind.

    -Third, once we are up there we will perform our third and final Deep Image Scan. A Deep Image scan is a distant photographic scan of visible light similar to the Hubble Telescope. The process to compile one of these is to capture 8-10 super-high resolution photographs of the galactic core (4k high-res screenshots in solo mode), and then stitch these together. Once we have all three, it may be possible to 'triangulate' (used loosely here) or combine these photographs into a 3-dimensional image / model of the galaxy. Moreover, having these images may help with the galactic mapping project and EDSM - which will use our collective system scan data (see first point about EDdiscovery and EDSM) to trilaterate (triangulate) exact coordinates of systems in the galaxy. Trilateration is already happening on EDSM.

    Fourth and final, we have scheduled an endurance circumnavigation of a small planet during the journey. While this is a mostly fun endevour to help break space madness, we will use this information to create full map of the surface of a planet, with different regions, natural wonders, etc...

    It is the aim of SHEPARD to at least attempt to push the scientific limits of ED, and merge role playing with actually database creation. We have a series of event planned (climb to the ceiling / SRV Endurance Race / Christmas at Beagle Point) for SHEPARD that will not only distinguish it from some of its predecessors, but also make it fun. 6 Months is a long time out in the black - but again, that is also one of the things that will make SHEPARD Epic!!! We would love to have you on the mission, and hope that this makes some of the aims and means of SHEPARD a little more clear. Stay tuned for a trailer video soon!!!


    DEPARTURE TIME & LOCATIONS:

    November 5, 3302
    Primary Departure Point: 18:30 UTC [game time]
    Sol - 10 km outside of Galileo Station (orbiting the Moon)

    Alternate Departure Point: 18:45 UTC [game time]
    Epsilon Indi - Mitterland Hollow
    20km from Barcello Penal Colony [south pole]
    -71.3082
    57.4528

    (There is a small clearing at the foot of the mountain near the south pole that provides absolutely stunning views and a panoramic vista of the parent planet passing by. There are ample places to land even the biggest ships here, but be patient as the ground is a little uneven. Set your guidance for Bercello Penal Colony during approach)


    MISSION ROUTE:

    The S.H.E.P.A.R.D. Mission is made of 5 legs each with their own mission and objective:

    Leg 1: Orion Spur & Surrounds

    Leg 1 of the Shepard Mission is a local detailed scan of observable galactic anomalies. It is the aim of Leg 1 of the mission to gather precise data obtainable through detailed surface scans of nearby nebula and star systems. Leg 1 will feature accumulation of data on extremely large red-giant stars, nebulae clusters around Barnard’s Loop, and exhaustive examination of two crucial deep blue planetary nebula. At the end of Leg 1, the crew will perform the first of three Deep-Image-Scans of the galactic core.

    Leg 2: Scutum-Centaurus Arm

    Leg 2 of the Shepard Mission is a 40,000ly peregrination along the length of the Scutum-Centaurus Arm. The primary focus of Leg 2 is to explore the death and creation of new stars through a thorough stellar analysis of key Neutron Star fields, White Dwarf nurseries, and Black Hole clusters. It is the aim of this segment of the mission to analyse known stellar assemblages, while discovering new clusters of hyper-activity not observable from civilized space. The second of three Deep-Image-Scans will be performed at the edge of the interstellar space. Leg 2 culminates in a detailed scan of the Ceeckia ZQ-L c24-0 system - the farthest point from Sol in our galaxy.

    Leg 3: Outer & Perseus Arm

    Leg 3 of the Shepard Mission is to gather information from over ten nebula on the far side of the galaxy. As information on this gaseous nebula is difficult to obtain from the civilized sector, detailed scans of numerous star systems within these nebulae provides crucial information of the formation of the Milky Way. Leg 3 will culminate in the final Deep-Image Scan of the galactic core.

    Leg 4: The Core
    Leg 4 of the Shepard Mission is a detailed reconnaissance and observation of massive planetary nebulas and supernova remnants near the galactic core. The gathered information will be collated with data collected from larger nebula in the region that have formed around the core. This leg of the mission will feature fifteen newly formed planetary nebula.

    Leg 5: Galactic Long Arm
    Leg 5 of the Shepard Mission is planned to collect extensive information on over 2000 star systems to coalesce stellar knowledge into a cohesive system. This leg of the mission will feature many young nebula and young stars, and will culminate in the final WayPoint, Veil Nebula West - and arriving back at Sol on May 5, the same day that Alan Shepard reached low-earth orbit for the first time. Leg 5 of the mission may be by-passed with a direct return route to Sol based on the volatile condition of ships’ hulls and powerplants.




    WAYPOINTS & BASECAMPS:
    For detailed information on waypoints and basecamps, please refer the the EDSM SHEPARD Expedition Page
    https://www.edsm.net/expeditions/sum...A.R.D.+Mission



    EXPEDITION ROSTER:

    ***Sign Up Here!!!***
    https://goo.gl/forms/CpOGqOm7lKPJNOvn2

    Below is the current Expedition Roster with Roles



    Cmdr No. Cmdr Name Discord Name Shepard Role Platform Timezone Ship / Range / Name
    [SHEPARD #001]
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    [SHEPARD #062]
    Parabolus
    Cronus Ampora
    Kerenn
    Leonardo White
    CYNAQQ
    Collette
    ABish
    Nari Picaro
    DrBambi
    glenpark
    ATR_Atlas
    Toscha
    Sylas Kaeler
    Virgil260
    Charlie Topper
    Dartsm9
    Kaiser_Soze
    CapnHyaku
    Legendary Chicken
    SpaceGodzilla
    EtherealCereal
    Ohmegalisk
    FallofVyperion
    Ghost Hawk
    Haruna Izumi
    Cmdr Steve M
    mechleader
    Harry Predon
    DarkHellSpartan
    Riehl
    Reichert
    Captain Pain
    edoardo
    Jakapp
    vfn4i83
    Acharn
    xoAutumn
    JoeJoe
    Noibla
    Carfran
    Hell-Androm
    TrickyHunter
    The Green Gamer
    Aranck Machk
    xXGambit
    DocRaise
    Dr.Ftor
    Alessandro Ciapina
    GriShutkin
    Adelind
    Blak
    David Bowman
    ANDRIS200
    SoulHunterTM
    Jack Calrissian
    Carvalho
    Taen
    Aidryen
    Robar22
    Ramirel
    Serwyn Taterforged
    *AKEN*
    Parabolus
    Cronus Ampora
    Kerenn
    Leonardo White #2855
    Cynaqq
    Collette
    ABish
    Nari Picaro
    DrBambi
    glenpark
    ATR_Atlas
    Toscha
    Sylas Kaeler
    Virgil260
    Charlie Topper
    Dartsm9.68
    KaiserSoze
    CapnHyaku
    not Legendary Chicken
    SpaceGodzilla
    EtherealCereal
    Ohmegalisk
    Vyper
    Ghost Hawk
    Haruna Izumi
    Steve M
    CMDRmechleader
    Harry
    DarkHellSpartan
    Riehl
    Blondzie
    Dmitriy
    Edoardo
    Jakapp
    vfn4i83
    Athame
    xoAutumn
    JoeJoe
    Noibla
    Carfran
    Das Engelschen
    TrickyHunter
    The Green Gamer
    Aranck
    xXGambit
    DocRaise
    Dr.Ftor
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    GriShutkin
    Adelind
    Blak
    DavidBowman
    bardoandris
    SoulHunterTM
    CMDR Jack Calrissian
    Carvalho
    Taen
    Aidryen
    Robar22
    Ramirel
    Wakanik
    AKEN
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    Anaconda / 54.24 / Temptress I
    DBx 51LY / Aspx / 51ly
    ...
    Anaconda 50.5Ly's "Arctic Snake"
    Anaconda/~45ly/ICCS Mother's Embrace
    Anaconda / 52 - 56Ly / Mr Bone's Wild Ride
    AspX / 31.54Ly / Shippy McShipface
    Anaconda / 40 / Event Horizon
    Diamondback Explorer / ~40ly
    Anaconda / 42ly / Howth
    Asp Explorer/ 39.93Ly / The Magellan
    Anaconda / 39.88ly / PCS Mar'eyir
    Asp Explorer - Around 34Ly - Furtas
    AspX
    Anaconda/50Ly/Heavy Mettle
    Python
    ASP Explorer/ 33yl / The Thunder Road II
    Conda 26LY Itchyballsack
    Anaconda / 30+ / TheKrystalExperience
    Anaconda/ 50ly/ Endeavour
    Anaconda / 42.84ly / D.S.E.V. Katahdin
    Anaconda / 39.8 Ly
    Asp Explorer/ 45 ly/ Lazy Eight
    Asp explorer
    Python / 32.15 Ly / I.S.V. Musashi
    Anaconda 30ly "The Winston Churchill
    ASP Explorer. 31-33 LY range. Named: Pathfinder III
    Asp Explorer / 38ly / Marlene
    Anaconda 29.30 Aliyah
    Asp Explorer / 33.8 LY / Blackbird
    Anaconda / 50.05ly / Snek
    Asp
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    Asp Explorer / Range: 29.43
    Anaconda / 37Ly /
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    Anaconda / TBD / Akagi-yama
    Unbuilt
    AspX / 43.8ly / Shachihoko
    Aspx / 39.96 / NaoVictoria
    Anaconda / 38 / Herades
    Anaconda / 55ly / Caribbean Blue
    AspX / 30ly
    Anaconda / 40ly / DESV Blue Jay
    Clipper / 21ly / USS Gambit
    AspX
    AspX / 33ly
    Anaconda / 58ly
    AspX / Stalker
    Anaconda / 30ly
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    ASP Explorer / 52 ly / Discovery II
    Asp Explorer/ 32.60 Ly/ Hungary's Pride
    Explorer / ~30 Ly / SoulHunter's Ship
    Python / 25 / IES Gomtuu
    ANACONDA - 47 Ly
    Anaconda / 56 ly / The Fountainpen
    Cobra MKIII / 34.55 LY / Dragon's Fang
    Type-6/28 LY/The Renegade
    AspX
    Eagle / 17.55 / Tintreach
    Anaconda / 50ly / Mare Nostrum


    EXPEDITION PATCH:
    Special Thanks to Qohen Leth for another fantastic Shepard Logo and embroidered patch!



    EXPEDITION TRAILER:
    3:42 Video trailer for SHEPARD Mission



    DETAILED MAP OF EACH LEG:

    Leg1 2.5Weeks [Nov5-Nov22]
    Leg 1 of the Shepard Mission is a local detailed scan of observable galactic anomalies. It is the aim of Leg 1 of the mission to gather precise data obtainable through detailed surface scans of nearby nebula and star systems. Leg 1 will feature accumulation of data on extremely large red-giant stars, nebulae clusters around Barnard’s Loop, and exhaustive examination of two crucial deep blue planetary nebula. At the end of Leg 1, the crew will perform the first of three Deep-Image-Scans of the galactic core.



    SHIP BUILDS:

    Anaconda
    There is certainly no specific ship or build that each cmdr needs to bring, the SHEPARD Anaconda posted below is my build [Cmdr Parabolus] for the mission and merely an example build - tips on how to use engineers to your benefit for the mission. Please feel free to use whatever ship you wish, with whatever build. While there is no minimum jump range, We suggest at least a 30ly jump (now that we have engineers) to get the most of the mission, especially around Beagle Point. The overall outfitting of my Shepard Anaconda is designed to optimize jump range while still providing redundancy in the event of failure or alien encounter. As such, shields, hull, and weapons have been included - as well as four [4] Surface Reconnaissance Vehicles [SRV] for adventurous planetary exploration. Engineer modifications allow these modules to be light-weight without reducing efficacy.




    -Cmdr Parabolus "Lord Para" - Shepard Expedition Leader
    -Cmdr Cronus Ampora - Shepard Fleet Commander
    -Cmdr Kerenn - Shepard Fleet Commander
    -Cmdr Leonardo White - Shepard Fleet Commander

    Special Thanks for Qohen Leth for the amazing logo and patch!
    Special Thanks for the Iridium Wing for an escort out of the bubble on our departure date! [https://iridiumwing.space/#/]

  2. #2
    It does seem like a pretty good time to get out of of of the bubble for a little while...

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    Will look great with new 2.2 graphics!

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    Very interested in this.

    Cheerz

    Mark H
    //// sicut id facere debetis ////
    //// Do as you *ought* to - Not as you want to ////
    //// CMDR Hollywood: Dangerous; Tycoon; ELITE; Lieutenant Commander; Federation Freelancer/Felatio Winters; Multi-role ships - Purple Anaconda "Rozinante"; Purple Python "Righteous Glory"; Christmas Black Asp Explorer "Do As You Ought II" ////

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    I'm interested too. Missed all major exploration events due to life. Hope I can participate in this.

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    Please find below the link for WP's and basecamp locations @mtt999 if you can add to the main page

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    ******This is a live document and locations are subject to change up until the date of departure

    below is visual guidance to WP 1, 3, 5



    WP1 Basecamp - Timing to follow



    WP3 Basecamp



    There is also an SRV race to the top for those daring enough!



    WP5




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    Excellent glad we are stirring up some interest! We wI'll send out done more information over the next few days, in the meantime help spread the word about The SHEPARD Mission. Once we reach a critical mass of signed up cmdrs I will organise the discord server, etc.

    - - - - - Additional Content Posted / Auto Merge - - - - -

    Originally Posted by Kenneth Mcgrew View Post (Source)
    i'd like to.... although Xbox here and all you folk on PC having fun while ill be staring at empty instances and dusty moons.

    if anyone else is on Xbox i will join in, im due another 6 month expedition now im all engineered up, failing that i am heading out once i've had a play with 2.2 for a week as this will determine ship choice too, no point following an expedition though if i can never instance with anyone.
    Yes hopefully we can get enough x-box invloved. Sign up regardless and we will arrange an x-box SHEPARD platform.

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    Oh, this is cool! I love that there's scientific objectives for the mission! Good luck, Commander!

    "I have loved the stars too fiercely to be fearful of the night"
    Explorer with the FGE and member of the Colonia Citizens Network.
    Avoid crashing! Easy landings with one control remapping!

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    This looks epic, great job!

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    Awesome mission and I am very glad to be a part of it.
    The work you have put into this is epic.

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone - if you are interested in taking part please reply to the thread or sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    We are starting to get some good numbers for the journey - will be making some press releases with FDev soon!!!

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    Count me in.
    Is there a Discord server?

    CMDR Sylas Kaeler

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    Impressive presentation ! I don't time for that but good luck !

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    Sounds interesting, but can anyone explain to me how such a exploration mission works ?
    are there specific Tasks assigned to everyone ?
    is there some kind of attendance time ? what timezone is this in ?

    what kind of minimum jump range is needed ? Sure, i know a few modules are mandatory for deep space exploration, but i will not gimp my ship to jump a few Ly further.

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