Greetings, Commanders! I am pleased to announce that the SPVFA Nightwish departed the Colonia region on January 10 and has been traveling in the desolate region between Eol Prou and Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. The official name for this expedition is Expedition Unknown 3306 and it will end sometime later this year inside the bubble.
For its first destination, the Nightwish is en route to Explorer’s Anchorage in Stuemeae FG-Y d7561 where we will take on additional provisions and conduct last minute systems checks before heading out into deep space.
In space, things are not always as they seem.
Regular updates will be posted on my social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram. These updates will document the ship’s journey and various discoveries. Unfortunately, some of the more notable discovery locations will be withheld until the expedition is over to ensure the location integrity. Additionally, these journeys will include video documentary in the form of Out There episodes published on my YouTube Channel.
Join me as my crew and I take to the stars and explore uncharted regions in Elite Dangerous throughout the year!
It has been quite a year for the Elite Dangerous community! This year (3305) was the first full year with new exploration tools and visual upgrades brought on by the Beyond: Chapter 4 update from December of last year. This year also marked the first season of my exploration video log: Elite Dangerous: Out There. Originally planned as a series of videos with voice narration, I decided to make them short (2-3 minutes each) montages of locations I had discovered in my travels. 99.99% of the places showcased in the Out There series are first finds.
After 24 original episodes, the first season of Out There has come to a close. I am pleased to announce that Episode 25 is a “season” finale” featuring the best shots from throughout the first season set to the stunning synthpop ballad Out of Time by Scheuber.
Out There will return in 3306 with brand new episodes, new locations, and a brand new expedition into the unknown. In the meantime, you can take advantage of the season finale capstone video using the link above or check out the public playlist and binge watch the entire first season.
The 3305 (2019) holiday season is quickly approaching and I believe there are many exciting things on the horizon for 3306. As I write this entry, my flagship, the SPVFA Nightwish is docked at Signalis in the Colonia nebula region undergoing repairs and restock in preparation for a brand new expedition launching in January 3306! My last expedition lasted six months and traveled 3/4 of the way across the galaxy. This new expedition will push the ship and crew further as we travel beyond the Greeroi Veil Nebula to Beagle Point and then to selected waypoints along the galactic edge. It is my hope that I can add another group of amazing discoveries to my list just as I did on this previous expedition.
With that said, it is almost time for the first season of Elite Dangerous: Out There to come to an end. The season finale will air on my YouTube channel on December 14 of this year and include select footage showcasing the most amazing discoveries made over the past year. Last year’s recap video featured the song Woken Furies by synthwave powerhouse Gunship. I have been working on this year’s recap video for weeks and I cannot wait for you to see (and hear) it! In the meantime, please check out my YouTube channel for weekly episodes of Out There or follow my social media accounts listed on the About Me page.
Although it’s been a few weeks since I made a reasonable post on this site, there are a few things that I should mention in regards to updates on the Nightwish’s expedition and other projects I’m working on.
The SPVFANightwish is continuing its journey around the galactic core. As of today, we are entering Expedition Day #85. We’ve made quite a few amazing discoveries including more rocky ice worlds with astonishing mountain ranges similar to David and Goliath which was discovered earlier this year. Imagine my surprise and excitement when that discovery was featured by Down to Earth Astronomy! Because of the way that I share screenshots from Elite Dangerous and the brief nature of daily updates, you can follow the ship’s journey on my official Twitter account @CMDRExorcist.
In other news, I’ve made some small changes to the main gallery page. The images are still hosted in Google Photos, but the main gallery page has been changed to focus solely on the image galleries for the various games I photograph.
The Nightwish just departed Morgan’s Rock for the second time this week following a catastrophic accident which destroyed much of the ship’s upper structure and cost us 91% of our hull integrity. This occured for reasons far too common among Elite Dangerous pilots: high gravity pilot error. We attempted to land on a 4g world and things were going well until I miscalcuated the height of a crater rim and was unable to compensate for the height differential. The Nightwish slammed into the crater wall at around 45 kps, which is devastating on a world with such high gravity. To make things worse, the vertical thrusters were damaged in the collision, which made it almost impossible to keep the ship from slamming against the crater wall a second time, which is what drove the hull integrity to a terrifying 9%!
Fortunately, we were able to recover the ship and land just south of our intended landing zone to assess damages and ultimately complete our survey mission.
We used the remote drone camera system to capture the dramatic image above, which broke my heart. I’ve never seen my baby in such poor condition before. Knowing that she was less than 9% damage from complete destruction was terrifying. Unfortunately, none of my allied Commanders were in the local area, which required us to jump 30 systems backwards to NGC 6188 for repairs. I was shocked as sparks, flames, and smoke poured out of the ship as it limped back to station for repairs. Two crew members suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Many thanks to the medical staff and repair teams at Morgan’s Rock for helping to get the ship back on its feet. We spent the evening in dry dock with an army of technicians crawling around the ship working to get her back on her feet. Because we were well on our way to David and Goliath, I decided not to remain at the station and departed as quickly as possible following the quality assurance inspection on the repairs.
To make up for the damage and the mission setback, we cruised for an hour after leaving the station before coming upon a really nice F-class star with a closely orbiting ringed lava world (pictured above). The new Elder Scrolls Online chapter releases today, so I doubt that I’ll be traveling anymore today until I’ve had a chance to explore the Khajiit homeland on Elsweyr. Until then, fly safe, CMDRs!
Last week’s discovery prompted me to divert to the nearest station, which was Morgan’s Rock in NGC 6188. The Nightwish spent most of the weekend docked as the crew took time to stretch their legs before heading back to the black. It was decided that we’d head back to David and Goliath for a quick photo and SRV session before moving along to the next expedition waypoint.
It’s curious that it didn’t take long after leaving Morgan’s Rock to find something new and interesting! Another rocky ice world of similar composition to last week’s discovery popped up on a close system map. It lacks the exaggerated surface features, however, but it does have an insanely eccentric orbit around its parent gas giant as you can see in the image below.
My biggest wish for this world in particular would have been for some kind of geologic activity, but there planet itself is as inactive as they come. Fortunately, views like the one above with the tilt of the gas giant make up for that lack of activity. We spent about an hour exploring this planet’s surface, collecting refining materials, and enjoying the sights before pressing on.
As most Elite Dangerous players will tell you, discoveries come and go. There are good days, bad days, and terrible days. Sometimes you’ll discover two amazing systems in a row; other times will take up to 200 system jumps before anything remotely interesting appears. After departing the tilted gas giant, the Nightwish entered a region of space between David and Goliath and NGC 6188 where the systems are populated mostly by rocky ice worlds and common high metal content worlds.
We ended the evening in orbit around the high metal content world pictured above. I chose it for a panorama shot because I think it closely resembles Mars and our sensors detected the presence of silicate particles caught inside of several massive hurricanes traveling around the planet’s surface. We continue to monitor and analyze atmospheric samples and will depart sometime this evening.