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Fuel Rats Checkpoint

An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in Kitani AB Belt Cluster 1. The transmission times of this beacon are not known. Reports indicate that a transmission occurred on the hour at least once:

4 1 14 7 5 18 15 21 19
(repeated four times)

Decodes by letter positions to:

DANGEROUS

This message is the decryption key for an encoded Galnet article in the local Herald:

Kitani Herald
25 Oct 3302

***Compromised Carrier Signal***

Papa November Uniform Bravo Charlie November –
Lima Hotel Echo Quebec Foxtrot Bravo Uniform India –
Sierra Quebec Bravo Charlie Echo Uniform Juliet 1 –
Uniform Mike Foxtrot Echo Bravo Uniform 2

The message consists of a series of words that can be interpreted as the NATO phonetic alphabet, yielding the message:

PNUBCN-LHEQFBUI-SQBCEUJ1-UMFEBU2

Applying a Keyed Caesar cipher with the key of DANGEROUS taken from the beacon yielded the message:

KITANI-FUELRATS-PLANETB1-THREAT2

This leads to a “Checkpoint” signal source in orbit of Kitani B 1. The signal source contains the wreckage of a ship and some canisters.

Three Fuel Rat NPCs will drop out of super cruise and investigate the wreckage, reporting that it is a total loss, before scooping up the canisters.

Not of any known scientific interest.

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