Dustbowl Revisited

To: CHTAR Partners
From: Alysiia Hekole
Re: Project Daedalus - U4-Q2V III Planetary Survey

Findings from an initial survey of U4-Q2V III for suitability to host advanced industrial operations to support biomedical applications (Project Daedalus) are set out below. We confirm environmental criteria are satisfied but recommend further due diligence on social risks arising from the presence of an unregistered human colony.

Environmental Findings

The planet orbits a warm yellow main sequence star (K2 V class) at a radius of just under 1.5 AU. It has an average temperature of approximately 278K and gravity slightly lower than standard. Biomass, which has followed a familiar structural evolution given the environment, is concentrated around a fairly narrow equatorial belt, most of the higher latitudes being permanently below the freezing temperature of water. As with endemic species, the equatorial belt represents a restricted but conducive environment for supporting human life with minimal technological intervention.

Comparing tectonic activity to solar irradiation, we recommend a geothermal solution for power and heat (until a fusion plant is justified). Any of the three large equatorial river basins would provide adequate water supplies for Project Daedalus’ human and industrial consumption. We recommend the southernmost of these (River A) as it has the most favourable sediment dynamics and overlaps a number of promising geothermal sites.

Please find our detailed findings in Annex A.

Social Findings

As expected from orbital scans, an unregistered colony is sited just above the delta of River A. In accordance with our health and safety policy, survey personnel made contact with the inhabitants remotely by dropping radio communications equipment.

Based on radio interviews and drone surveys, we understand the colony to be 83 years old and have an estimated population 15,000 to 20,000 (of whom the overwhelming majority identify as Intaki and are from Rohaanar or related to Rohaani people).

The economy is primarily agricultural, which is heavily dependent on both irrigation and sedimentary fertiliser from River A. Given this, we were surprised at the level of infrastructure development that we discovered (including an aneutronic fusion power plant, a fluid router switch and relay station, and an atmospheric defence system), the need for (and source of) which is unexplained.

Interview material indicates intermittent contact with the Intaki Syndicate, mainly limited to exchange of agricultural produce for manufactured items. There were also references to an unfavourable experience with Caldari and Amarrian capsuleer organisations, on which we will defer to you of course. What was clear, however, that any attempt to interfere in their society (however well intentioned) would be unwelcome and likely result in a hostile reaction. We strongly recommend further investigation and communication before any final investment decision.