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:
This message is the decryption key for an encoded Galnet article in the local 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:
Applying a Keyed Caesar cipher with the key of DANGEROUS taken from the beacon yielded the message:
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.