While ARC’s operations in Drifter Hives have allowed for significant asset retrieval over the years, boarding operations of structures existent in the Hive systems have been outside of our capability. Hostile environments, short duration operations, and the inherent difficulties in boarding Sleeper or Drifter infrastructure have all contributed to this.
ARC is currently negotiating with Kirkinen Risk Control for technical assistance with short-duration, high-risk boarding operations, with initial efforts directed at establishing testbeds and demonstrating project viability before we greenlight operations. Operations themselves would be multi-phase, with initial boarding operations to map constructs and determine resistance before we progress to active sampling, technology and data storage retrieval, and so on. Later stages will possibly require active breaching of undamaged structures elsewhere in the Hive systems, dependent on success of early operations.
The ultimate objective of these operations will be complete reconstruction of Sleeper mainframe systems unique to the Drifter Hive systems for retrieval of research or engineering data, with the aim of reconstructing a timeline of pre-collapse Sleeper activities in the Hive and replicating any possible research.
Project development milestones are as follows, with possible development targets noted:
Verify effective transfer of clone soldier incremental mindstate data through Sleeper infrastructure, without interference either from Sleeper hull construction or active infrastructure or defense systems.
- Develop repeaters or signal boosters to be deployed at necessary intervals to enable transfer of data.
- Deploy high-gain signal receiving arrays to be used on starships to ensure complete, non-corrupt data receipt, for evacuation failsafe.
- Develop data fault verification processes to ensure infomorph data coherence and continuance in case of active electronic warfare or neuromemetic warfare processes.
Develop vacuum-rated and radiation hardened CRU infrastructure to be used for bridgeheads.
- Integrate CRU infrastructure into small bridgehead craft to be deployed from bays aboard cruiser-class or larger vessels.
- Develop CRU infrastructure aboard breaching pods to be used as one-way CRU transport systems, with either leave-behind capability for follow-on operations or self-spiking capacities to prevent suborning by hostile forces.
- Ensure integrity of biomass and nanite feedstocks against environmental effects at point of breach to prevent loss of capability in exotic environments.
Develop appropriate clone soldier-compatible salvage capabilities for follow-on retrieval operations.
- Develop clone soldier-compatible burnt engram skillsets for training of active duty clone soldiers as archeotechs, to enable multi-role clone deployment.
- Develop appropriate mindstate preservation techniques to allow conversion of baseliner research staff to incremental mindstate transfer clone technology.
Verify suitable hull-breaching technology to allow for rapid penetration of heavily-armored facilities without significant damage to interior environments.
- Test these technologies in secure, non-Drifter Hive system environments to establish effectiveness and low-impact methodologies.
- Establish deployment timeline for use in Drifter Hive Sleeper Enclave environments.
- Verify effectiveness of these technologies against Drifter Hive hulls themselves to provide for future boarding operations of Hives.
Develop and field test retrieval drone support for transport of valuable materials, with adequate hardening and trust procedures to ensure safe, autonomous hand-off of assets to a waiting vessel.
- Deploy sterilization and electromagnetic cage equipment on retrieval drones to minimize contamination of retrieved materials in transit, or to thwart automated remote data protection protocols.
- Improve on salvage handling processes to allow for fast, non-destructive removal of Sleeper assets in an intact or near-intact state, and provide for high-speed transport of materials.
- Develop failsafe processes to temporarily secure materials on site for later retrieval in case of unexpected hostile intervention in fleet operations.
This project is, without a doubt, the work of months if not years. However, we believe this is an important step in the development of Hive penetration operations, which will be enabled by incremental advancement on existing technologies.
The development program is proposed here to provide for expert commentary from independent parties, to allow for additional exploration of points of failure, or other commentary as appropriate. ARC is committed to a nimble development process that may be adapted as needs be to changes in the on-going Drifter crisis.