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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 17th, 2018, 12:04 am
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Selected as the NorCon Common Transatmospheric Combat Platform in 2187, the Hurricane III is a versatile hypersonic aircraft capable of carrying a variety of payloads such as a laser pallet, ASAT weapons, reconnaissance satellites, or strike packages to the edge of space.

The Hurricane III is in service with all NorCon aerospace forces as well as those of Australia, Japan, and Azania.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 18th, 2018, 4:51 pm
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On September 18, 2035 PLAF Major Zhang Hui, commander of Fenghuang 2's all-female crew, became the first person to step foot on Mars. For thirty days Zhang and four other taikonauts explored the planet and worked on improving the base camp landed by the unmanned Fenghuang 1. A year later they returned to Earth as national heroes.

The next expedition to Mars would come to stay.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 18th, 2018, 6:04 pm
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Nice!

Not so long ago, upon hearing "Chinese spaceship" people would burst in laugter and possibly add jokes about that vehicle being coal-powered or something like that.
Nowadays sci-fi about Chinese being first on Mars is something that might be considered pretty plausible.

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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 21st, 2018, 6:44 am
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One of the most important and least glamorous jobs in Earth orbit is debris recovery and removal. The Safeguard is specialized for this role, with heavy armor, high-resolution sensors, and a high-thrust chemical rocket allowing it to intercept fast-moving debris. Safeguard crews can use the vessel's laser to deal with small pieces of space junk, while larger items are typically deorbited with retrorockets or boosted into higher orbits for eventual salvage and recycling.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 22nd, 2018, 7:09 am
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The Jackrabbit is a ubiquitous lunar suborbital transport, capable of carrying 20 tons of cargo or 40 passengers to any point on the Moon's surface in 90 minutes.

Seen here are Jackrabbits belonging to the Lunar Rescue Corps, the Verne Xpress passenger service, the Guillemin-sur-Mer Gendarmerie, and the United Volatiles mining corporation.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 22nd, 2018, 8:05 am
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Seen this I suppose there is a colony established in Moon. Interesting.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 24th, 2018, 1:50 am
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There is a permanent human presence from the Apollo asteroids to the Kuiper Belt, with large settlements on Luna, Venus, Mars and its moons, Ceres and Vesta. There are smaller colonies on Mercury, many asteroids, the Jovian moons, and Titan.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 24th, 2018, 6:38 am
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Revised Shepard-class.

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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: September 25th, 2018, 2:45 am
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"Fill a giant balloon with water and put it in the shade until it freezes solid. Carve out quarters, tanks, cargo bays - and don't skimp on the insulation! Then slap on a surplus nuclear rocket and you're ready to go. Head out into the pitch black. Don't look back.
- Baslim 7Smith, Growing Up At 500 AU

Wanderers are essentially artificial comets, hulls of frozen ice and dirt that spend most of their time in the farthest reaches of the Solar System, occasionally looping in to trade at Ceres or Phobos.

Wanderer crews are usually families - though the arrangements are often bizarre by Earthly standards. Many are committed to strange ideologies. Some are downright piratical. Some are even rumored to be not quite human, at least not anymore.


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Post subject: Re: Far HorizonsPosted: October 2nd, 2018, 12:09 am
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Brahmavihara Station is a Buddhist Monastery burrowed into the asteroid Ida's moon Dactyl, chiefly notable for the 1000-meter statue of Buddha carved into its surface - the largest in the Solar System.

(Asteroid from Celestia, Buddha from Home Depot)


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