Close Encounters is a race between some stations in rather low orbits, including the famously cloud-skimming Robert Aitken Orbital in Firdaus, a station which has seen an SRV make its way from the surface to dock there, and an asteroid base within the rings of a gas giant. Click here for full details.
The A* Challenge is simple: Fly from Sol (or Wolf 359) to Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy, and record your time for doing so.
Of course, this being the endurance challenge of the racing world, there's a bit more to it than that, including maintaining focus for a trip that will many hours in the cockpit, and the perils of route plotting in the galactic core.
The A* Challenge is open for the long term. Make the run at any time, with no deadline. For full details on rules and how to enter, see the race thread here.
|16-24 June||Close Encounters||Cmdr Samwell Drakhyr|
|14-22 July||tbc||Cmdr Inodoro Pereyra|
All race dates may be subject to change. This is necessary to enable races to avoid periods of major galactic instability. It is expected that any changes will be announced at least a week in advance of the start of each race.