Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Salvage and deep space probes
It sometimes pay to have a salvager or two in place and a hauler close by. I was in a system running a low-sec mission with my corporation mate TFAce who was in a zealot and causing merry hell in the last mission. I left 'T' blasting these recently discovered Angels, hiding in a forward observation station, that I probed out (accidentally) using some exploration probes.
The mission with TFAce was a lot of fun, I was scanning for exploration sites and after a few attempts I found the weak deadspace signature that required a few sift probes to pin-point the Angel site. TFAce is devastating in his zealot and was dishing out damage and destruction on a wide-scale. He's suffering from an isk crunch at the moment, after falling foul to Concord and I offered a loan to him but he was ok.
TFAce has been a stalwart pilot and friend and it was good working with him. My intention is to do more low-sec work with him and prepare ourselves for the faction warfare madness that will be coming.
I was getting very weak hits on the gravimetric wavelength and it was entirely possible that I had discovered what might be a hidden asteroid field. However, unlucky for the Angels, my probes found their hiding place instead. Stubbornly, the gravimetric signal return was still too weak for me to get a lock on. I moved off from the discovered Angel site and had to head back to pick up more probes.
As I was powering back to the gate, there was a pinging sound as my ship flew through a shower of shrapnel and flash-frozen fluids.
A quick scan and there were three wrecks all within range of a gate. I slowed down and scanned the wrecks and was delighted to scavenge some lovely goods; a screen shot is above. One of the wrecks was a hauler and dropped three secure cans, packed full with ore.
Anyway, once that was done, I continued to my hangar and picked up more probes. The difficulty of finding this hidden belt probably meant that it contained quite valuable ore. I was not going to give up. I had a close approximation on where the gravimetric signature was and started to seed probes around this area, I used sift probes with a range of less than 0.4 AU but super sensitive. TFAce by this time had left for the night, leaving me alone in the system.
After almost six hours of scanning, I still had no results but was not going to give up. It was faint, very faint and so tantalising. Twenty-six hours later and half way through a novel, I got a hit. Small, faint and almost lost in the background noise. I double-checked the result and then warped to the search result, the scanner through luck managed to get a result with zero deviation and after a short jump, was spat out into a small asteroid field complete with the remains of some space cathedral. Interested, I hit the scanner and found about seven large pieces scattered about. The rocks were all of the Gneiss variety and very nice they were.
I then arranged for a mining barge and hauler to be made available and will be mining there soon. Unfortunately, there are pirates about. Need to be careful I think.