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Thread: Silly Ships 2: So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

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    Silly Ships 2: So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

    The Silly Ships expedition was a good bit of fun, and its time to start thinking about the second installment.

    This time its not going to be the ships so much that are silly, but the theme.

    I'd been thinking about a Beluga only expedition, but might as well give a bit of choice, and with 2.3 and the Dolphin coming, and the range increase on the Orca, i think its time to have a Cetacean themed expedition.

    With the Vogons... erm... i mean Thargoids coming closer, the Dolphins and their kin have secretly approached certain CMDRs with a job. Get them off the Earth and to a new safe location before the earth is destroyed. The Mice have also said they are interested in tagging along.

    When?: 27th May (a couple of days after international towel day)
    Starting from?: Depending on who signs up either Sol, around Earth, or if we have people without access, a nearby system.
    Going to?: Not sure at the moment, somewhere far from humanity. I'm thinking towards the end of the Orion Spur.
    Duration?: Probably will be longer than Silly Ships 1 and will have waypoints, perhaps allow for up to a month to get to the destination.
    Mission?: To scout for suitable earthlikes and water worlds for the Dolphins and their kin to live on.
    Ships allowed?: Dolphin, Orca, Beluga only.
    Specific ship configurations?: Up to you, but you might want to add a passenger cabin or cargo space to represent where the Cetaceans will be kept during the journey (keep in mind, a single Orca can weigh up to 5t!!!!).

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

    Discord: https://discord.gg/8upmmJx

    WAYPOINTS

    Here are the waypoints i've selected. No idea what the systems are like, i've not gone there and seen them. Mainly selected big stars. I urge people not to run ahead now they are posted and tag systems, let's play fair. Still over a month to go before we launch.

    WP Name Date Distance From Sol Comments
    1 BD-17 3140 28/05 1329 Ghost of Jupiter, planetary nebula, fly away from the star to get a nice view
    Optional Plio Eurl UN-K c8-2 30/05 (optional) Approx 1900 Tag a planet for those who missed Silly Ships 1 - please post in thread which you take and only take 1!!!
    2 HD 79186 31/05 4660 Supergiant with NS parter
    3 WREGEIA RD-T E3-2 8079 04/06 8079 Regular Blue star with a couple of other blues nearby
    4 PRIA EURK JW-W E1-0 08/06 12256 Normal Blue
    5 THROOFEIA KF-L D9-2 12/06 16537 Neutron Star

    Stars are already thinning about by the time we get to WP5. We might need to backtrack to find a suitable system for our friends. Its probably quite possible we could travel a lot further, but this is far enough. No need to get to the point we need jumponium. Remember, this is a survey and deployment mission.

    Regarding meet up dates: Of course, people are free to meet up at any time, and as none of the systems have been scanned by my, the people who get there frist will need to scout around to select suitable planets (or even systems) to meet at. Post meet up locations selected on Discord and forums

    Regarding communications, chat chat and discussions will be carried out on Discord, with all pertinent info (such as meeting locations) copied to the forums

    Waypoint path


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    I might join for this, if I can only convince my Orca ("Dillinger" - it does a fair impression of a Lamborghini Countach) to jump a little further.

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    Originally Posted by Jackie Silver View Post (Source)
    I might join for this, if I can only convince my Orca ("Dillinger" - it does a fair impression of a Lamborghini Countach) to jump a little further.
    Well, the hull mass is getting halved, so that should help a bit.

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    If its going live like this Willy ...

    Count me in

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    Originally Posted by Rudi Raumkraut View Post (Source)
    If its going live like this Willy ...

    Count me in
    Oh my, i read that with English slang in mind.....

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    I was planning on upgrading the Adder to a Dolphin when it goes live, so I may have to join in on this.

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    Originally Posted by Agony_Aunt View Post (Source)
    Oh my, i read that with English slang in mind.....
    Sry, of course unintentionally...
    can hide behind a non-native speaker excuse

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    I like the idea of a Dolphin / Orca / Beluga only expedition. The Passenger Ship Trip!

    One idea for a rally point and route waypoints would be to meet at a system with a tourist beacon, say 1-2K out from the bubble. Since we are all in passenger ships why not meet where the passenger ships fly to? Then, we could possibly plot a route around the bubble hitting some other scenic tourist beacon systems. Each rally point at each waypoint could be the beacons themselves! Might make for a unique yet interesting flight plan.

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    Originally Posted by Agony_Aunt View Post (Source)
    Specific ship configurations?: Up to you, but you might want to add a passenger cabin or cargo space to represent where the Cetaceans will be kept during the journey (keep in mind, a single Orca can weigh up to 5t!!!!).
    Any cargo modules made with transparent aluminum?

    Love the theme! Looking forward to it.

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    If I can manage to outfit my Beluga named 'Constellation" properly (which costs a fortune), I'll join.
    It would be nice if there would be "take me anywhere" tourists... or all of us could take the same mission/destination.

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    Just joined fleetcom today and I would be interested in this one as the dolphin is my next engineering project once 2.3 drops :-)

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    Originally Posted by Agony_Aunt View Post (Source)
    The Silly Ships expedition was a good bit of fun, and its time to start thinking about the second installment.

    This time its not going to be the ships so much that are silly, but the theme.

    I'd been thinking about a Beluga only expedition, but might as well give a bit of choice, and with 2.3 and the Dolphin coming, and the range increase on the Orca, i think its time to have a Cetacean themed expedition.

    With the Vogons... erm... i mean Thargoids coming closer, the Dolphins and their kin have secretly approached certain CMDRs with a job. Get them off the Earth and to a new safe location before the earth is destroyed. The Mice have also said they are interested in tagging along.

    When?: TBD - approx 1 month after 2.3 drops to allow time for people to engineer up Dolphins or adjust existing Orcas. Beluga apparently will be unchanged (EDIT: Beluga getting a small mass decrease, therefore a corresponding jump range increase).
    Starting from?: Depending on who signs up either Sol, around Earth, or if we have people without access, a nearby system.
    Going to?: Not sure at the moment, somewhere far from humanity. I'm thinking towards the end of the Orion Spur.
    Duration?: Probably will be longer than Silly Ships 1 and will have waypoints, perhaps allow for up to a month to get to the destination.
    Mission?: To scout for suitable earthlikes and water worlds for the Dolphins and their kin to live on.
    Ships allowed?: Dolphin, Orca, Beluga only.
    Specific ship configurations?: Up to you, but you might want to add a passenger cabin or cargo space to represent where the Cetaceans will be kept during the journey (keep in mind, a single Orca can weigh up to 5t!!!!).

    Sign up sheet and other info will be added after 2.3 drops, but feel free to make your own suggestions for the expedition.
    you must bring fish... lots and lots of fish.... find a blue nebula and jettison them all into space, then swim amongst the fish canisters as nature intended

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    Originally Posted by Kenneth Mcgrew View Post (Source)
    you must bring fish... lots and lots of fish.... find a blue nebula and jettison them all into space, then swim amongst the fish canisters as nature intended
    Bubble nebula?

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    Originally Posted by Atrus5060 View Post (Source)
    Bubble nebula?
    Not a bad idea, although that region has been fairly well visited I think. The nebula itself was scanned about 1 month after launch, or possibly even earlier.

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    Originally Posted by Agony_Aunt View Post (Source)
    Not a bad idea, although that region has been fairly well visited I think. The nebula itself was scanned about 1 month after launch, or possibly even earlier.
    I was going with the nautical theme and it was the only nebula I could think of. If this is really going to kick off, I might tag along. Have to see the dates of launch and how much time I can commit to this.

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