The Great Escape: A Journey Beyond Semotus Beacon



This endeavor began as a passing thought, back in the middle of September. My friend CMDR DARIVS ARCHITECTVS, lacking in suitable things to do in the Milky Way to pass the time, decided it would be a good idea to go out to the rim and see if the galaxy next door had anything interesting going on. Not really, because that's impossible, but he thought it would be interesting to see just how far you could get in supercruise. Well, again. He'd already done it once before around January of 3303, but it only registered four or so lightyears away from the main star. Thus, with the combined power of curiosity and boredom serving as his motivator, he geared up and set out for Semotus Beacon (OEVASY SG-Y D0) by himself to see how far he could get.

If only he'd done some research though, because he would have realized that CMDR Keef Drow had already done it, and to grand effect. According to many sources, Keef managed a staggering 66.3ly further from Sol than the main star, becoming the most lonesome person in the galaxy. Dejected by this revelation, DARIVS set back for Colonia, taking his frustration out on unwitting multicrew participants who just wanted to engage in a little bit of pew-pew (in other words he intentionally set his multicrew mode to 'bounty hunting' so he could hijack prospective bounty hunters and hold them hostage at the edge of the galaxy when there were no other bounty hunting multicrew sessions available. Much mirth and entertainment was generated for all.).

Upon his return, he and I pondered for a bit upon how we were going to beat that. After careful deliberation, we settled upon this:

https://s.orbis.zone/n42

With that sorted, it was time to venture back out. So moved was I by his dedication, that I volunteered to help him get just a little further, building a fuel tanker befitting of such an endeavor (that, and I was bored too).

https://s.orbis.zone/n43

Take that, fast forward a few days, and we both arrive at Semotus Beacon, top off our ships at the secondary star and, with the galaxy at our backs, literally venture off into nothing.

"Cmdr DARIVS ARCHITECTVS (Darius the Engineer):
Approaching the edge of the galaxy. Navigating the last gulf between the galactic arms was a challenge. The auto plotter ASSUMES you can only jump with a FULL FUEL LOAD. ALL my jumps from Colonia to here were 35.4 LY per jump using the plotter. Very slow going. Manual plotting to individually selected stars while having a near empty fuel tank gets me about 64 LY in range. I navigated MANUALLY across the last gulf to the outer arm. No automatic course plotting across the outermost galactic arm was possible.

9/21/18: @ 14:00 CST - Began flying in supercruise in the Galactic Horizon from Ishum's Reach OEVASY SG-TY D0 2 into the BLACK... Exxon Galactica refueling at Star 2. 14:12 - Flight Engineer Cmdr Ethereal Cereal flying the Exxon Galactica completed refueling and trailing Galactic Horizon, serving as a refueling tanker for the Horizon once the Galactica reach point of no-return for return to Colonia.

9/23/18 @17:55 CST - We are not documenting any video UNTIL we arrive at the point 20 days from now when we are WAYYYY out there and I am about to turn around. At that point, we will invite some friends and a bunch of random people to jump into my cockpit in multiplayer to look at the galaxy from far outside it. Cmdr Paroxysm is supposed to host us on his stream at that point also. Up until then, flying in SC is NOT what I would call interesting footage. At present, I am 11.3 LY beyond OEVASY SG-Y D0 2, and Cmdr Ethereal Cereal in the fuel tanker Exxon Glactica is .23 LY behind me. We adjust his course every 9-12 hours to match my vector. When he has enough fuel to return PLUS 168 tons, I will stop, and he will come alongside and transfer all the fuel he can spare. From there, I will continue on alone. Total time in SC is 22 days at 2001c. We are on day 3."


Now, despite my physical lack of limpets on the journey out, I brought along enough charges to synthesize an additional 120 onsite. The combined limpet capacity (minus one bit of inattention at my cargo capacity while synthesizing), plus the fuel that DARIVS already had onboard meant he had a total of 647t of fuel at his disposal. As his flight engineer, copilot and general voice of reason I felt obligated to do the calculations of how far he could get so he didn't totally run himself out of fuel. While issuing the ULTIMATE FUEL RAT CHALLENGE would have made for some great entertainment, we felt that running ourselves dry on the rim of the galaxy was already overdone, so the aim became to jump back.

Cmdr Ethereal Cereal:
09/25/18 @ 21:00 EST - 21.1 LY out from the main star. I've run my fuel tanks down to about three quarters capacity. I'm nearing the end of my leg of this journey. In roughly two days' time, I will refuel CMDR DARIVS ARCHITECTVS and make my way back to Colonia, where I will refit to meet up with CMDR Taen. I find it quite interesting that because the system just before Semotus Beacon (OEVASY RG-Y D0) is next to us relative to our supercruise vector, the jump distance to return to that system has not increased the way our distance from the main star has. A normally 50.07ly jump is, as of this log, only 56.5ly away. We'll be getting much further out than we originally planned.


Cmdr DARIVS ARCHITECTVS:
9/27/18 @18:25 CTS - The Exxon Galactica is pulling alongside in sublight for refueling of the Galactic Horizon. We are 30.7 LY out from the main star of Ishum's Reach, 65,678 LY from Sol. The record is 65,714 LY from Sol, so we are very close to surpassing it. Refuel completed at 19:10 CST. The Horizon's fuel tank is approximately 95% full, all due to Ethereal Cereal's very accurate calculations on the tanker ships fuel load. Every single limpet which was synthesized was used. 167 tons of fuel was transferred.

Distance remaining is 87 LY before point of no return is reached. That will be 117 LY from the Primary Star of Ishun's Reach. Speed = 4.366 LY/hr. Fuel consumption rate 1.21 tons/hr Estimated fuel remaining 460 tons."


Within the next few hours, he'll be reaching his final end point (right around 121ly), and it will be only a matter of time before he makes the jump back to OEVASY RG-Y D0. On Monday, 15 October, CMDR Exigeous will be streaming the return jump. Will he make it back, or will he falter? Stay tuned for Monday to find out!

(His current status. You might say he's a tiny bit nervous.)

 
Last edited:
WE DID IT! Tomorrow we live stream with Cmdr Exigeous and begin the return. The Galactic Horizon will rendezvous with Cmdr Ethereal Cereal flying the Blackstar (he switched ships) in OEVASY RG-Y D0, the first jump out. PARTY TIME!

Now, if I can make it back to Colonia without getting SALOME'D... (Even if Cmdr Harry Potter does manage to waste me, I'd just respawn... AT COLONIA!) :)
 
Last edited:
Now comes the long trip back to the bubble via Colonia. Much of the way back to Colonia will be jumping manually, until the star density gets high enough to permit route plotting with a 35.4 LY jump range. Manual jumps can be as high as 67 LY with a sliver of fuel on the fuel gauge. Exigious posted a stream from the turnaround point; here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rCM_Hhicrs

Party time!

For those who want the details, here is the ship's Log:

Events Log for setting the record distance from Sol.

Cmdr DARIVS ARCHITECTVS (Darius the Engineer for those of you who don't habla classical Latin):
Approaching the edge of the galaxy. Navigating the last gulf between the galactic arms was a challenge. The auto plotter ASSUMES you can only jump with a FULL FUEL LOAD. ALL my jumps from Colonia to here were 35.4 LY per jump using the plotter. Very slow going. Manual plotting to individually selected stars while having a near empty fuel tank gets me about 64 LY in range. I navigated MANUALLY across the last gulf to the outer arm. No automatic course plotting across the outermost galactic arm was possible.


9/21/18: @ 14:00 CST - Began flying in supercruise in the Galactic Horizon from Ishum's Reach OEVASY SG-TY D0 2 into the BLACK... Exxon Galactica refueling at Star 2. 14:12 - Flight Engineer Cmdr Ethereal Cereal flying the Exxon Galactica completed refueling and trailing Galactic Horizon, serving as a refueling tanker for the Horizon once the Galactica reach point of no-return for return to Colonia.


9/23/18 @17:55 CST - We are not documenting any video UNTIL we arrive at the point 20 days from now when we are WAYYYY out there and I am about to turn around. At that point, we will invite some friends and a bunch of random people to jump into my cockpit in multiplayer to look at the galaxy from far outside it. Cmdr Paroxysm is supposed to host us on his stream at that point also. Up until then, flying in SC is NOT what I would call interesting footage. At present, I am 11.3 LY beyond OEVASY SG-Y D0 2, and Cmdr Ethereal Cereal in the fuel tanker Exxon Glactica is .23 LY behind me. We adjust his course every 9-12 hours to match my vector. When he has enough fuel to return PLUS 168 tons, I will stop, and he will come alongside and transfer all the fuel he can spare. From there, I will continue on alone. Total time in SC is 22 days at 2001c. We are on day 3.




Cmdr Ethereal Cereal:
09/25/18 @ 21:00 EST - 21.1 LY out from the main star. I've run my fuel tanks down to about three quarters capacity. I'm nearing the end of my leg of this journey. In roughly two days' time, I will refuel CMDR DARIVS ARCHITECTVS and make my way back to Colonia, where I will refit to meet up with CMDR Taen. I find it quite interesting that because the system just before Semotus Beacon (OEVASY RG-Y D0) is next to us relative to our supercruise vector, the jump distance to return to that system has not increased the way our distance from the main star has. A normally 50.07ly jump is, as of this log, only 56.5ly away. We'll be getting much further out than we originally planned.




Cmdr DARIVS ARCHITECTVS:
9/27/18 @18:25 CTS - The Exxon Galactica is pulling alongside in sublight for refueling of the Galactic Horizon. We are 30.7 LY out from the main star of Ishum's Reach, 65,678 LY from Sol. The record is 65,714 LY from Sol, so we are very close to surpassing it. Refuel completed at 19:10 CST. The Horizon's fuel tank is approximately 95% full, all due to Ethereal Cereal's very accurate calculations on the tanker ships fuel load. Every single limpet which was synthesized was used. 167 tons of fuel was transferred.


Distance remaining is 87 LY before point of no return is reached. That will be 117 LY from the Primary Star of Ishun's Reach. Speed = 4.366 LY/hr. Fuel consumption rate 1.21 tons/hr Estimated fuel remaining 460 tons.


Cmdr Ethereal Cereal:
09/29/3303 @ 17:05 EST - After nearly two weeks of travel, I have finally touched down in Colonia Dream in the Ratraii system. The Exxon Galactica performed its task valiantly, refueling down to the last limpet and returning me home safe and sound. For the last 20,000 lightyears I managed to hitch a ride on a highway of neutron stars, so the last of my journey took only a few hours, rather than another day or two. 46,000ly away from me, CMDR DARIVS ARCHITECTVS continues on, only one-third of the way through our endeavor to be further away from civilization than any man ever has.


From here, I will rendezevous with CMDR Taen, where we will scout out a candidate system for another type of distance record: lowest system on the galactic plane.


Cmdr DARIVS ARCHITECTVS:
10/3/18 @ 04:27 - Only 7 LY to go yet to match the record of 65,714 LY from Sol. Fuel remaining is approximately 70% of a full tank.


10/4/18 @ 06:20 CST - Current position is 65.7 LY from primary star. Only one more LY to go to match the previous record set by Cmdr Keef Drow. Fuel remaining is about 60% (288 tons), so there will be a long flight beyond the last record distance. It's day 8 since the supercruise run from the last star was begun. Estimated 238 flight hrs left before empty. Cmdr Ethereal Cereal expressed his desire rendezvous with the Galactic Horizon at the first jump on the return leg of this journey. It would be nice to have an escort.


10/5/18 @ 16:37 CST - Current position 65,720 LY from Sol, 73.0 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 55%.


10/7/18 @ 02:00 CTS - Current position 65,727 LY from Sol, 80.0 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 45%.


10/8/18 @ 18:30 CST - Current position 65,737 LY from Sol, 89.4 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 35%.


10/9/18 @ 16:00 CST - Current position 65,742 LY from Sol, 94.4 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 30%.


10/10/18 @ 04:34 CST - Current position 65,745 LY from Sol, 97.3 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 26%.


10/10/18 @ 18:15 CST - Current position 65,748 LY from Sol, 101 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 25%. This is Day 21 in Supercruise. 21 LY to go. 99 hours flight left. Turnaround point at 122 LY Sunday night at 21:00. Stopping at 120 LY for multicrew invites for pictures, discussion, etc.


Cmdr Ethereal Cereal:
10/10/3304 @ 23.:40 - The survey vessel DSSV Black Star has departed from survey site EOTCHOPS to rendezvous with CMDR DARIVS ARCHITECTVS at OEVASY RG-Y D0 for the return jump and ensuing journey back to the Colonia Nebula. Current distance from target is 41,752.29 LY.


Cmdr DARIVS ARCHITECTVS:
10/14/18 @ 06:46 CST - Current position 65,767 LY from Sol, 119 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at 3%.


10/14/18 @ 011:53 CST - Current position 65,768 LY from Sol, 121 LY from Ishum's Reach primary star. Fuel tank at approxitmately 2%. I brought the ship out of supercruise, shut down thrusters and FSD, and opened the cockpit to multiplayer in Exploration. A few other Cmdrs joined and were quite amazed. The ship will remain here until tomorrow for the internet livestream.


10/15/18 @16:20 CST - Cmdr Ethereal Cereal and I are hosted on a live stream with Cmdr Exigious to record the first jump on the return journey to Shinrarta Dezhra system via Colonia. The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rCM_Hhicrs
The first 10,000 or need to be navigated manually, selecting each star to jump to, because the auto route plotter cannot plot any route due to the extremely low star density combined with the stupid computer's assumption that the Galactic Horizon is carrying 480 tons of fuel instead of the actual 20 tons. So, return navigation will be very slow... again. I could push the RED BUTTON and be magically reincarnated at Colonia, but that's for amateurs.


The new record distance from Sol is now a solid 65,768 LY.
 
Last edited:
Congratulations on the new record and your safe return!

If you make a post about it in the GMP thread we will add it to the POI.

Cheers :)
 
Last edited:
so with 464T on board that's.... ~374 hours of supercruise

Or 15 days... soooo 8th of October? I hazard a guess 1hr gets you 0.2LY so my guestimated distance from sol would be 65,722.14LY

or using some other maths... I get 86.61LY so that would take you to 65,733.95LY from Sol

if indeed you had 464T on board :)

which brings me to another point... it can be beaten, I reckon you could get 158.3LY away from the star using a different ship which would break the 65,800LY barrier but would take you 28days solid to get there.

I aint got time to spend a month in supercruise though... or have I??????

#65,800LY

Halloween :)
 
No news from Kenneth Mcgrew.... guess he decided NOT to challenge the record.
Looking forward to hearing from Spallboy though. He IS out there making his run In the Lakon Type 9.
 
The, the jump distance shown on the HUD to the nearest system, including distance traveled after moving farther away in SC, is NOT factored in with regard to the jump? That seems to be a game mechanic oversight. Also, the effort is reduced to increasing fuel economy and maximizing fuel carried. Simpler than factoring in the max jump distance like we did, which was 144 LY for the Galactic Horizon. We jumped out 136 LY after running very low on fuel. If actual distance were a consideration, Kenneth would have had to jump about 176 LY in a single jump, certainly not possible with his cutter. Had we known this, a cutter would have been the more likely choice.
 
Last edited:
As far as I know, the jump distance is calculated based on the central/arrival point, not your supercruised position.
correct

The, the jump distance shown on the HUD to the nearest system, including distance traveled after moving farther away in SC, is NOT factored in with regard to the jump? That seems to be a game mechanic oversight. Also, the effort is reduced to increasing fuel economy and maximizing fuel carried. Simpler than factoring in the max jump distance like we did, which was 144 LY for the Galactic Horizon. We jumped out 136 LY after running very low on fuel. If actual distance were a consideration, Kenneth would have had to jump about 176 LY in a single jump, certainly not possible with his cutter. Had we known this, a cutter would have been the more likely choice.
as above you cant gain distance towards a system to enable you to jump (m67 cluster for example) believe me i've tried to return but the FSD computer says no.

so yeah what my Hud says and what i could jump are two different things - right or wrong its how the game works ;)

if you do take a cutter to Semotus beacon and have indeed messed about with t/hr you have a very very tiny window to jump 82.68LY (41.34LY un-boosted) so the effort is there just in a different guise, not to mention jumping with a tiny fuel scoop & no scanners, as i mentioned in my thread my outfit will remain secret to prevent a copy & paste, otherwise there is no effort required on the person doing it other than as you mention fitting fuel tanks and copying a Coriolis build.

t/hr is arguably harder to influence and engineer in combination with jump range too
 
Top Bottom