on August 5, 2010 by Claude in Events, Comments (0)

Conference Explains Upcoming Refueling Stop

In a conference that took place last evening at the SpinDizzy School of Engineering and Science, Morticon, wallaby, presented a captive audience (no, not that kind of captive) the reasons for SpinDizzy’s upcoming refuelling stop, and a summary of what it will entail.

The presentation started with a recapitulation of SpinDizzy’s structure and means of propulsion, continued with the little that is known about the refuelling planet and ended with the tasks to be performed for a safe pit stop. In Morticon’s own words,

First, inspect the underside and edges for any potential issues during landing.  Next, inspect the spindizzies and control center for damage or worn out parts.  Third, when the time comes we put the system into manual mode and land SpinDizzy on our own, in the control center.  Fourth, we get refuelled, explore, trade, etc…  And fifth, we guide it off the refuelling planet and let it return to its planned path in space, or set a new course.

For those who are not familiar with the technical details, here is a brief explanation.

SpinDizzy logo

The SpinDizzy logo illustrates the configuration of our planetoid.

SpinDizzy is a planetoid shaped roughly like an inverted mountaintop, with a relatively flat side on which we all live, and a conical underside that is not suitable for habitation, which rarely sees any visitors. Its name comes from the spindizzy field that provides gravity and illumination, maintains an atmosphere and moves us through space. In turn, this field is generated by several “spindizzy drives” buried deep into the rock.

As you can see, these drives are fundamental to the continued existence of SpinDizzy and its inhabitants, and they need fuel to keep spinning. This is the main non-renewable resource we are using up, and the primary reason for the stop. Other rare, non-recyclable substances may also need to be replenished. Luckily, this is all provided for free by dedicated refuelling planets like the one we’re about to land on.

Another reason for the stop is of course the chance to meet the crews of other space-roaming planetoids like ours, as well as the inhabitants of the planet, and trade with them or simply exchange knowledge.

Volunteers are welcome to help with the various tasks described above. While mostly everything is expected to go smoothly, magic users are advised to consult Silvyr, displacer, for possible issues during the refuelling stop.

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