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Thread: Circumnavigating a planet (for charity)

  1. #61
    Only just stumbled across this - well done so far, plus good luck.

    +donated.

  2. #62
    Originally Posted by nickp View Post (Source)
    Only just stumbled across this - well done so far, plus good luck.

    +donated.
    Thanks nickp! Been meaning to say ... every time I see your sig it makes me smile!

  3. #63
    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    Thanks nickp! Been meaning to say ... every time I see your sig it makes me smile!
    makes me smile too - I'd like to claim it as an original, but it was by Vila from Blakes 7

  4. #64
    Hi Alec,

    Great job, and thanks for doing it for charity! It reminds me of Red River Run on the SHEPARD Mission - a long distance endurance SRV race across a large portion of a moon. While we had intended on finding a good moon to go 'pole to pole,' once we found this location 1500ly below Sag A we couldn't resist. Red River Run was 400km in SRV and took 6.5 hours non-stop. It was made of 2 heats and had 7 checkpoints [main heat]... for more on the course, etc.. see this forum thread:

    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...un-near-Sag-A*

  5. #65
    Originally Posted by mtt9999 View Post (Source)
    Hi Alec,

    Great job, and thanks for doing it for charity! It reminds me of Red River Run on the SHEPARD Mission - a long distance endurance SRV race across a large portion of a moon. While we had intended on finding a good moon to go 'pole to pole,' once we found this location 1500ly below Sag A we couldn't resist. Red River Run was 400km in SRV and took 6.5 hours non-stop. It was made of 2 heats and had 7 checkpoints [main heat]... for more on the course, etc.. see this forum thread:

    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...un-near-Sag-A*
    Awesome! I'm hoping to cover the 1000+km in around 12hrs so we're in the same ballpark. Thanks for posting, it's always nice to hear from other commanders as crazy as I am!

  6. #66
    May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.

  7. #67
    Just had a really good fun run with Flimley along the route, absolutely no chance of clearing any of the rocks - we were flying too high!

  8. #68

    Day #6 (08.11.3303)

    It's another glorious day on Turner World (too soon to start calling it that?). I program the toaster and deploy Joe 90 but am greeted with a rather surprising sight when I turn around to check on the state of my ship.





    I get a message from the toaster ... "Sir! it's quite possible this planet is not entirely stable."

    Not entirely stable? Well hell ... perhaps I'd better dismiss the Call-out Charge asap before it sinks even further into the ground?

    I'm expecting to bump into commander Cooper today but there's no sign of him yet (to be fair it is only 5:30 in the morning) so I head off. I've only been going for about 10 minutes when his call-sign pops up in my comm's. I'm mid-air doing 75m/s down a slope at the time so I keep the chitty-chat to a minimum and simply invite him to my wing. About a minute later he pops up on my radar (which I've left on today) and we plough on for a while with him chasing me in his spiky Cobra. One thing I'm slightly wary off is the increase in damage that SRV's appear to take when in a multi-player instance. Sure enough I seem to regularly be knocking myself down to 65% hull and before long I realise I'm running dangerously low on repair synthesis (running out and not realising I've done so would be absolutely DISASTROUS, possibly fatal, so I tend to keep a very careful eye on my Iron and Nickel levels). In addition the number of tiny, but immoveable, little rocks has increased enormously in this area so I bring the SRV to a stop. Cmdr Cooper and I spend the next 20mins or so prospecting for minerals. Alice calls out his own finds (which is really helpful and definitely speeds up the process), I strip them of the materials I need and he takes what's left. At one point we come across a timely reminder that death is only ever one single hard impact away!



    Repair sythesis materials re-stocked it's time to rock and roll!



    Do you see what I mean about the dangers of fliving in a multi-player instance? No, not the strange damage multiplier ... the tendency to show off and pull barrel rolls and somersaults!

    At the end of that section we arrive at some really stunning terrain.



    The most incredible valley stretches out before us and a decision needs to be made about which way to follow it.



    It's around this time that we're also joined by Cmdr Flimley. I decide to follow the valley to the left and, with Cmdrs Cooper and Flimley flying escort, have one of the most glorious sessions of canyon fliving of the entire journey. Alas I didn't record footage or take any photos ... just too darn busy enjoying myself. Times flies and all too soon it's time to park up for the day. Selfie time!

    Check out those spike shadows!



    Flimley's Asp, my Python and Cooper's Cobra ... all with colour co-ordinated SRVs!



    Daily stat's ...

    Start point: 0.14, 99.03
    End point: -0.85, 145.42
    Longitude covered: 46.38
    Approx distance travelled: 138km



    I'm now only 42 away from that small crater peak where I began this adventure 5 days ago so it's currently looking highly likely that I'll finish my journey tomorrow morning. I don't know if Cooper or Flimley can stomach another early morning start but if they fancy then perhaps they could meet me at the left-hand edge of that big crater where I started for the final Eastwards journey down into the floor of the crater and then up on to the top of its central mound? I'd guess I'll be arriving there at around 6:45am. Oh, and if you can arrange to have a cold beer waiting for me at the top then that would be wicked!


  9. #69
    I met up with Alec again this morning and took some screenshots and video.
    Flimley joined us as well in the red flashed Flimplorer.

    Here we all are at the end of today's trip:



    and here:



    and just in case you missed it my Cobra III has spikes on it



    The videos really do show how small an SRV is when it's whizzing along the surface.

    A short video:



    and a longer unedited 10 minute video:



    Edit: I think what these videos show me is that I need to get closer to get a better view of the SRV but I just don't want to take him out!

  10. #70
    Well done Alec - and you've only yourself to blame, so for once, T.j's off the hook.

    Good luck in your endeavour - enjoy the scenery.

  11. #71
    Damn, cannot rep you again Alec, but I just wanted to show some more support, this is really a great initiative ! Good luck !

  12. #72
    Originally Posted by Nick Sticks View Post (Source)
    The videos really do show how small an SRV is when it's whizzing along the surface.

    A short video:

    https://youtu.be/5vgMycZFpv4


    I have to say that watching that made me quite emotional. I'm not entirely sure why but christ ... the landscape looks absolutely VAST against the tiny dot of my SRV!

    and a longer unedited 10 minute video:

    https://youtu.be/AuysbyMR_8g
    Holy crap that was C.L.O.S.E!



    Fast forward to 6:05 and keep an eye on the SRV's hull - I knew that repair synthesis was only just in time but jesus! I really need to be more careful ... I was lucky today.

    And as for that rock I hit at 6:55 ... ouch, that's not gonna' buff out in a hurry!

    Edit: I think what these videos show me is that I need to get closer to get a better view of the SRV but I just don't want to take him out!
    That was my initial thought too but you know what ... I'd much rather you err'd on the side of caution! I had meant to turn my shields on today (they're no good against landscape but they sure do help with ship on SRV collisions afaik) but I forgot.

    Great photos and video there Nick - thanks a million for taking those!

  13. #73
    Yes, the plan is to be there tomorrow at 5:45am and see you cross the finishing line.
    My wife thinks I'm mad.
    I know I'm mad.

  14. #74
    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)


    I have to say that watching that made me quite emotional. I'm not entirely sure why but christ ... the landscape looks absolutely VAST against the tiny dot of my SRV!


    Holy crap that was C.L.O.S.E!

    https://i.imgur.com/tTkQfWw.png

    Fast forward to 6:05 and keep an eye on the SRV's hull - I knew that repair synthesis was only just in time but jesus! I really need to be more careful ... I was lucky today.

    And as for that rock I hit at 6:55 ... ouch, that's not gonna' buff out in a hurry!



    That was my initial thought too but you know what ... I'd much rather you err'd on the side of caution! I had meant to turn my shields on today (they're no good against landscape but they sure did help with ship on SRV collisions afaik) but I forgot.

    Great photos and video there Nick - thanks a million for taking those!
    If you would like the full load of videos I took which are in much higher quality than YouTube shows then let me know - there's about 9.5GB.

  15. #75
    Wow - you guys and gals absolutely rock!


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