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    Expeditions In Elite Dangerous: A Visual History | Printable Tribute Poster

    Expeditions In Elite Dangerous: A Visual History

    CIRCA December 3300, the very first organized expeditions to local nebulae near Sol opened the door to massive exploration and colonization endeavours. About a year after these debuts and inspired by the pioneering ventures of solitary pilots to the galactic Core and the edges of the Galaxy, a golden age of EXPEDITIONS would arise with the Distant Worlds milestone. From then on, there wouldn’t be a day in the Milky Way without a sightseing tour, a research mission, or a scientific expedition underway somewhere afar.

    Yet, in this three-year span, we merely dotted our immense and wonderful Galaxy...

    Hey folks,
    For the past few weeks, Corbin Moran, Aura Lorell and myself have been working on an exploration tribute poster. After countless hours of scavenging information, designing, and writing, here's the result

    We did our best to collect and gather all public multi-Cmdrs expeditions since the dawn of long range exploration, and obtain --sometimes exclusive-- info on upcoming expeditions. From touristic excursions to hardcore scientific endeavours, it's a beautiful and fascinating beam of trails crossing the Galaxy in all directions. A testimony to the explorers' eagerness for discovery and knowledge. See below for full size file (the imgur image is half-scale and compressed).

    • Expeditions are sorted by starting date
    • Some of them, too short or too close to the human bubble, couldn't be displayed on the map (orange numbers)
    • Almost all local bubble waypoints were removed, due to lack of room
    • Galactic Mapping Project POIs used as waypoints are named, except for those which only consist of common nebulae
    • Exceptionally, a few expeditions' paths had to be simplified; again, for lack of room

    Seeing how well this poster is being received, we will start working on a Galactic Mapping Project poster soon, featuring a hundred of the GMP's most reknown and remarkable POIs Hope you like it!


    The poster is a standard ISO/DIN A1 format, 594mm x 841mm @300dpi (9,930px x 7,020px). For comparison, the Beagle Landing poster file was half the size and the featured print is A0 (still have it on my wall!). It is imperative, however, that you do not print it using a standard inkjet process, like your regular home printer: the poster is too dark for that. It must be printed on full scale using a poster-apt process (offset or numerical). The best thing to do is to ask your local print service. I ordered a few test prints from different online services, but they haven't arrived yet. I'll update the thread when they do!

    N.B.: most online printing services have a file size limit, that's why I link the .jpg file (27MB). For optimum results, it's best to bring the .png in a usb key to your local print service. It's very unlikely, though, that you would see any difference between .jpg and .png on this picture.

    ADDENDUM: our full working doc, with link to all expedition pages.

    # DATES

    1 DEC 3300 - FEB 3301 NEBULAE RESEARCH VOYAGES 50 FIRST GREAT EXPEDITION COMPLETED LINK Excursions to many local nebulae and the first group exploration effort since the Pilots Federation
    lifted the restrictions to deep space travel in December 3300. The recommended minimum jump
    range to take part was 12 LY, to account for the limited technology available for the many new
    pilots graduating at the time.
    2 APR 3301 REGOR BORDER MAPPING 100 FIRST GREAT EXPEDITION COMPLETED LINK REGOR was one of the first restricted sectors in the galaxy to be discovered by pioneer explorers.
    For reasons unknown, hyperdrives refuse to lock on to the stars in this area of space, but this
    expedition successfully mapped the borders of the region using the ground-breaking new
    technologies of EDDiscovery and EDSM.
    3 AUG 3301 - PRESENT SAGITTARIUS-CARINA MISSION 175 FIRST GREAT EXPEDITION, CORBIN MORAN ON-GOING LINK The first extreme-range community expedition - following the Sagittarius-Carina spiral arm from
    its root at the galactic core to its tip at Beagle Point (a route of more than 180,000 LYs). In
    August 3303 the mission celebrated two years of continuous survey operations to explore and
    chart noteworthy features of the spiral arm.
    4 AUG 3301 - PRESENT DUMBBELL PROJECT ? ALLIANCE ELITE DIPLOMATIC CORPS ON-GOING LINK The Dumbbell Project started after the Alliance of Independent Systems announced their
    colonization programme. The initial scope of the project was to provide good colonization targets
    within the Dumbbell Sector, but over time it grew into a complete survey of the sector.
    5 JAN 3302 - JUN 3302 DISTANT WORLDS 3302 1,153 ERIMUS, DR KAII COMPLETED LINK A journey beyond the Abyss to the far galactic rim at Beagle Point. The system was then the
    furthest reachable and was named after the first ship that reached it in 3301. Distant Worlds
    drew hundreds of pilots into group exploration and cooperation, becoming the most prominent
    expedition to date and a milestone in community effort.
    6 APR 3302 - JUN 3302 FORMIDINE RIFT SURVEY 202 THE RIFTERS COMPLETED LINK When rumors of a mysterious cover-up in the Formidine Rift began to circulate, hundreds of
    explorers picked up on the clue to "take a line from Reorte to Riedquat to the edge of the arm
    and keep going". This initial survey did not unravel the mystery but compiled crucial data for
    later explorers navigating the region.
    7 MAY 3302 MEET & GREET EXPEDITION 63 AIZRIA, SHWINKY, ATOMICB0MB639 COMPLETED LINK Two week-long expeditions to popular nebulae, including Pencil, Ghost of Jupiter, Spiral, and
    Coalsack. The second expedition was organised eight months after the first Meet & Greet,
    revisiting the same waypoints for nostalgia and to see how they had changed since the original trip.
    8 JUN 3302 - JUL 3302 CRAB NEBULA EXPEDITION 485 ATOMICB0MB639 COMPLETED LINK A feast of impressive vistas awaited the hundreds of pilots taking part in this expedition. Visits to
    the iconic nebulae situated along the route to the outer edge of the Perseus Arm were
    supplemented with spectacular mass jumps that were organized along the way.
    9 JUN 3302 - OCT 3302 BORDERLANDS VENTURE 9 QOHEN LETH, EFILONE UNCOMPLETED LINK Having gathered data on nearly 1,600 systems and more than 16,000 astronomical bodies, this
    ambitious venture ended with only one out of several objectives completed. The sheer amount
    of data soon drove the scientists into "space madness" and a few of them were never to be heard
    from again.
    10 JUN 3302 - ? WESTERN EXPEDITION ? ROBBYP ? LINK An informal expedition to the far west side of the galaxy for members of the Distant Worlds
    Expedition returning home to the bubble. Deep-space transmissions indicate that participants
    succesfully crossed the Abyssal Plain and Mare Desperationis where new discoveries where made.
    Then transmissions ceased...
    11 JUL 3302 - AUG 3302 AUGUST EXODUS - A JAUNT TO JAQUES 562 TREESONG, UNREAL, ERIMUS COMPLETED LINK Following the rediscovery of Jaques Station (June 3302), members of the exploration community
    immediately began logistic operations to help repair the damaged station. This massive effort
    played an important part in creating the colonial identity that would eventually come to define
    Colonia and the Colonia Citizens Network.
    12 AUG 3302 - NOV 3302 LOST STARS - DWE XBOX 47 JUMPSTART57 COMPLETED LINK A retracing of the Distant Worlds Expedition for those pilots who had been unable to take part in
    the original voyage due to the nature of their starship console. The expedition faced many difficult
    challenges before eventually reaching Beagle Point.
    13 AUG 3302 - NOV 3302 FORMIDINE RIFT EXPEDITION 90 CHILDREN OF RAXXLA COMPLETED LINK New clues pointing towards the EAFOTS sector of space and Salomé’s directive that it was
    imperative to locate whatever was hidden out there, rekindled the interest in the Formidine Rift.
    The efforts of this expedition grew into a community goal by the CoR that eventually led to the
    discovery of abandoned settlements in the Rift.
    14 SEP 3302 - OCT 3302 THE SMALL WORLDS EXPEDITION 302 XCNUSE COMPLETED LINK A venture to allow new and casual players to learn the ropes of exploration without too much
    worry. The expedition focused on visiting interesting sights not too far from the inhabited bubble
    and also encouraged its participants to fly in smaller and atypical exploration vessels, such as
    eagles and haulers.
    15 SEP 3302 - NOV 3302 GALACTIC NEBULA EXPEDITION 340 TEA_REX COMPLETED LINK This expedition visited many nebulae in the Orion Arm and Galactic Core Regions – most still
    unexplored at the time – before reaching its final destination at Sagittarius A*. The survey
    gathered valuable new data for the Galactic Mapping Project and other cartographic agencies.
    16 OOC 3302 GO WEST 35 DELL TARRANT COMPLETED LINK A long-range deep exploration and survey mission, targeting the western galactic rim. The first
    stage of the expedition ended at Jaques Station in Colonia and the second stage took the
    participants to Myoangooe nebula around 44,000 LY away from the human bubble, where they
    conducted extensive surveys.
    17 NOV 3302 - DEC 3302 COLONIA CORE CIRCUIT 3302 99 SATSUMA, FGE, CCN COMPLETED LINK The expedition begun at Jaques Station, traversed 33,000 LY to Sagittarius A*, rendezvoused
    with the Galactic Nebula Expedition, then returned back to Colonia through a similar route. This
    was the first expedition that didn’t start from the human bubble or pass through it, and
    rendezvoused with another major expedition in deep space.
    18 NOV 3302 - DEC 3302 THE CASSIOPEIA PROJECT 33 JAITOU COMPLETED LINK A scientific mission seeking to discover the Cassiopeia A and Tycho supernovae, reported by
    early astronomers but with currently unknown locations. The expedition moved past the Perseus
    Arm and into the Formidine Rift, but after a long search it ended without any success in locating them.
    19 NOV 3302 - MAY 3303 THE S.H.E.P.A.R.D. MISSION 62 MTT9999 COMPLETED LINK In honour of Alan Shepard, the second human being to enter space, the expedition aimed to
    document three types of stellar phenomena: star composition and clustering, unknown supernova
    remnants, and star triangulation and migration. The six-month long expedition covered 37 waypoints
    from the Centaurus Reach to Scutum-Centaurus Arm and the galactic core.
    20 DEC 3302 - JAN 3303 CHRISTMAS CARRIERS CONVOY 493 QOHEN LETH, CCN COMPLETED LINK Possibly the largest merchant fleet in history, bringing the next influx of colonists to Colonia together
    with much needed equipment and commodities. The convoy of passenger liners, freighters, and
    fighter escorts faced multiple interceptions as they left the inhabited bubble but persevered through
    well organized team work.
    21 JAN 3303 DISTANT STARS - UNKNOWN ORIGINS 364 DR KAII, ERIMUS, VIRGIL KYLE COMPLETED LINK With the advent of neutron star supercharge technology, a group of explorers and scientists travelled
    to star cluster M67, also known as Cancri cluster. The trip was one way, as the cluster had no neutron
    stars for a return journey. After transmitting their findings, the explorers became settlers, waiting for
    technology advancements that would allow them to return.
    22 JAN 3303 MEET & GREET EXPEDITION 2 41 ATOMICBOMB639 COMPLETED LINK See original M&G for description
    23 JAN 3303 - FEB 3303 HWC CIRCUIT 3303 44 XCNUSE COMPLETED LINK The Heavyweight Champions Circuit waypoints consisted of planets with high gravity – the lowest at
    2.11G and the highest at 9.77G. The challenge of the expedition was for all participants to land on the
    planets safely without taking any damage, while having fun and testing their skills in a competitive
    24 JAN 3303 - MAR 3303 LA GRANDE EXPEDITION REMLOK 18 NICOU COMPLETED LINK Starting from Tellus, the Great Remlok Expedition moved in the direction of the Orion-Cygnus minor
    spiral arm, proceeding to the Orion-Persean Conflux for another 25,000 LY before transitioning into
    the Orion Spur. The expedition lasted for eleven weeks.
    25 JAN 3303 - MAR 3303 MIND THE GAP 35 JT442 COMPLETED LINK A heavily armed expedition that aimed to explore the region named Hawking’s Gap, after Salomé
    revealed the relevant information before her arrest by Imperial Forces. Two teams worked separately
    on each side of the area, mapping the borders before meeting and delving into the area itself.
    26 FEB 3303 SILLY SHIPS EXPEDITION 52 AGONY AUNT COMPLETED LINK The expedition focused on ships that are not traditionally apt for exploration due to limitations or low
    jump range, with the organisers insisting that the sillier the ship the better suited. Their route took
    them to areas relatively close to the human bubble, where they searched for interesting systems and
    beautiful vistas.
    Die Expedition (PaX-DE)
    32 LARGO ORMAND, PAX-DE COMPLETED LINK A German-speaking expedition that aimed at two goals. The first was to reach the newly created
    Colonia and let a number of the participants permanently settle there, away from the original human
    bubble. The second was to continue past Colonia, turn into the Fallows and work their way towards
    Rho Cassiopeiae.
    28 MAR 3303 - JUN 3303 MERCURY 7 EXPEDITION 84 CCN, YANICK COMPLETED LINK An expedition that paid tribute to the first American astronauts of Old Earth known as Mercury 7. The
    expedition surveyed the less explored western areas of the galaxy including the Zephyrus/Ishtar region
    where the Sagittarius stellar stream pierces the galactic disc of the Milky Way.
    29 APR 3303 - PRESENT HELIUM HUNT 4 REDFOX, ETHEREALCEREAL UNDERWAY LINK A scientific expedition by four commanders, aiming to study the little understood Helium-Rich gas
    giants. Their coordinated effort involves survey for systems with the elusive gas giants, study them,
    gather data, try to form theories as to their distribution, and finally work to prove or disprove
    those theories.
    30 MAY 3303 - JUN 3303 HELICON'S PEAK EXPEDITION 46 PEGASI SECTOR COMMONWEALTH COMPLETED LINK After the dramatic events that led to the discovery of the derelict Zurara megaship in the Formidine
    Rift, the various recovered ship logs moved the spotlight to the cover-up and the infamous Dynasty
    Expedition. The expedition reached the Zurara and followed a path based on recovered POIs trying
    to uncover as much information as possible about the past events.
    31 MAY 3303 - JUN 3303 THE LOCAL SIGHT SEEING TOUR 83 MATTHIAS0608 COMPLETED LINK A sightseeing tour around the human bubble targeting the most popular and scenic nebulae and
    views, aiming to get new pilots engaged with exploration, as well as veteran explorers to help out
    during the trip. The beginning of the expedition was delayed because of the dramatic events leading
    to Salomé’s death.
    32 MAY 3303 - JUL 3303 THE AZOPHI EXPEDITION 99 SNOWYPOUTINE, EXPLORER'S CONSORTIUM COMPLETED LINK Dedicated to the Persian astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi who made the first known observation
    of stellar groups outside our galaxy – and more specifically the Andromeda galaxy – this expedition
    aimed to explore the Formidine Rift and the Heisenberg Bridge seeking scenic vistas and a more
    detailed understanding of those areas.
    33 MAY 3303 SILLY SHIPS EXPEDITION 2 32 AGONY AUNT COMPLETED LINK A continuation of the Silly Ships Expedition, it focused on a silly theme about Cetaceans rather than
    silly ships. The duration was longer than the first expedition while the only ship classes allowed were
    Orca, Dolphin, and Beluga. The participants reached the far side of the Orion Spur scouting for
    Earth-like and water world planets.
    34 MAY 3303 - JUL 3303 SUMMER GREAT EXPEDITION 73 KAZAHNN DRAHNN, LOSP COMPLETED LINK Inspired by Distant Worlds 3302 the expedition catered for two separate groups after the second
    waypoint: the first group targeted Beagle Point while the second went to Sagittarius A*. The pilots
    were able to use the new technological advances the Engineers provided, making the trip easier
    and less dangerous.
    35 JUN 3303 - JUL 3303 THE SMALL WORLDS EXPEDITION 2 408 XCNUSE COMPLETED LINK An expedition aiming to provide new pilots with exploration skills while using ships that could fit in
    small landing pads only. Together with the skill development for new pilots, it aimed to suggest to
    veteran pilots an alternative to the commonly used medium and large pad exploration ships.
    36 JUN 3303 THE MONOCEROS MISSION 32 CHILDREN OF RAXXLA COMPLETED LINK The Galactic Mapping Project commissioned a Children of Raxxla team to survey a part of the
    Perseus Transit where the Monoceros Ring – a ringlike filament of stars that wraps around the
    Milky Way – intersects the galactic arm. The team also conducted border surveys of the
    NGC 2286 restricted region.
    37 JUL 3303 - AUG 3303 LAND OF GIANTS 80 ALESIA, CCN COMPLETED LINK Organised by CCN and starting from Colonia, the route moved through the Festival Grounds to the
    Orion-Cygnus Arm, and from there to the far edge of the Fallows. The expedition focused on large
    bodies – from Carbon Stars to Supergiants – aiming to explore previously unseen regions housing
    those star types.
    38 JUL 3303 - AUG 3303 GRAND DAY OUT 152 JT442, DEEP RECON X COMPLETED LINK An expedition aiming at commanders not familiar with exploration. The route remained close to the
    human bubble and included asteroid bases, Thargoid hives, and Guardian ruins. The pilots also
    practiced route plotting around restricted sectors of space.
    39 JUL 3303 - SEP 3303 DEVOS EXPEDITION PROGRAM #1 30 DEVOS_ESP COMPLETED LINK An expedition focusing on commanders not familiar with exploration, organised by the Devos
    Expedition Program. The short route was designed to take the participants to nebulae around
    the human bubble, points of interest, exotic systems with indigenous life, and asteroid bases,
    all while familiarising them with the basics of exploration.
    40 AUG 3303 CCN SHORT EXPEDITION 7 YANICK, CCN COMPLETED LINK A short expedition organised by CCN, aiming to visit two nebulae near Colonia, allowing pilots who
    had never been there to appreciate the views first hand for the first time. The route consisted of
    just five waypoints and the expedition was open to all pilots and classes of ships.
    34 LCU NO FOOL LIKE ONE ON-GOING LINK An expedition in honour of the famous writer H.P. Lovecraft, searching among the stars for clues to
    an old and obscure mythology from Humanity's cradle. The participants are searching for artefacts
    that might be connected to ancient tales of beings from outer space seeking influence on Earth.
    42 SEP 3303 - AUG 3304 THE DEAD END'S
    (Sep 3303)
    MACROS BLACK PLANNING LINK A galactic circumnavigation that started as one commander’s plan for a trip and evolved into a
    popular expedition. Its aim is to reach all the significant POIs at the edge of the galaxy following
    a clockwise route, at a leisurely pace, for a duration of ten to twelve months.
    43 OCT 3303 - DEC 3303 DSN LUXURY TOUR 70
    (Sep 3303)
    ALISTAIR HOPE, DSN PLANNING LINK A bilingual French/English expedition, organised by the Deep Space Network and allowing only
    Saud Kruger ships. Its aim is to visit all twenty-one asteroid bases located at the periphery of the
    human bubble. All the main waypoints of the 44,000 LY route are on asteroid bases.
    44 NOV 3303 - JAN 3304 VOYAGER EXPEDITION ? IAMBOB224 PLANNING LINK A scientific expedition aiming to reach and study the lesser known parts of the Perseus Arm, which
    tends to be underexplored. The route begins in Pencil sector, moves through the arm, and almost
    reaches its final systems, at the Chanoa sector. The expedition is expected to last two months
    before returning back to the bubble.
    (Sep 3303)
    YANICK, CCN PLANNING LINK The expedition is named after the Roman goddess of wisdom, heroic endeavours, battle, and
    civilisation – the Roman version of the Greek goddess Athena. The aim of the expedition is to
    explore the lesser known aspects of the Scutum-Centaurus galactic arm, especially at the eastern side.
    (Sep 3303)
    KING_INF3RNO, WISHBLEND PLANNING LINK An expedition to Beagle Point with a route that is friendly to pilots with low jump ranges. It starts
    at Jaques Station in Colonia and traverses the galactic core past the Scutum-Centaurus Arm and
    through the Sagittarius-Carina Arm to Beagle Point.
    47 3304 ELDER SUNS EXPEDITION ? JAIOTU PLANNING LINK An Astronomy-oriented expedition that attempts to locate the oldest stars in the Milky Way galaxy
    with ages well over 13 billion years and thus, older than the galaxy itself. Due to the nature of this
    expedition, it has no specific route or target.

    Corbin Moran and Finwen for the background map
    Corbin Moran and Aura Lorell for the texts
    Post_M for spellchecking
    Erimus for the Expedition Hub
    Players and organizers for archive info
    Anthor for EDSM
    Qohen Leth for the graphical composition

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    I wasn't sure what to expect, but this surpassed it, well done Qohen!

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    That is just TOO good. +1. Thanks for the memories.

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    Equally beautiful and impressive!

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    What work...

    Bravo !

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    Must have been lot of work!

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    Amazing! There is not enough rep to convey just how good that is. Wow.

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    Beautiful! Well done.

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    Damn Qohen. Once again, great work. This is awesome!

  12. #12
    Very well done and an excellent tribute. I'm apparently out of rep for you...

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    I think i have to print that

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    Amazing work commanders . Repped

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    Thank you all! Work of love from us 3, so we're very happy you like it

    Originally Posted by Rudi Raumkraut View Post (Source)

    Must have been lot of work!
    Oh God it was. From the first waypoints dispatching using EDSM to the literary struggles of putting an Oxford comma there or not, it was...

    Originally Posted by unrealization View Post (Source)
    Damn Qohen. Once again, great work. This is awesome!
    Hey you! Cheers!

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