Penal colony authorities across Federal and Independent space are concern by analysis of the automated Incoming Traffic Profiler and Threat Assessment Network which has highlighted the possibility for a skilled pilot to bring a ship fast enough inside the security perimeters, sabotage prison structures or pick up escapees and flee before the prison defenses even had a chance to react. Even the most accurate simulations can't compare with live testing on the field though, so the need has arisen to find a way to repeatedly stress the automated systems with live incoming ship traffic. As a result, Buckyball Racing Club brings you Prison Brake, including a landing on the (in)famous moon Mitterand Hollow! Click here for full details, including how to enter.
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.
|7 - 13 August||Prison Brake||Cmdr Aken B.|
|2 - 10 September||The Lion's Back||Cmdr Samwell Drakhyr|
|23 Sept - 1 October||tbc||Cmdr Raiko|
|14 - 22 October||tbc||tbc|
|4 - 12 November||Hope and Glory||Cmdr Hanekura Shizuka|
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.