Cycling the Array

The Americans will arrive tomorrow morning so I am going to cycle the Array ahead of their visit. This will clear the Array’s memory so they won’t find any data related to the transmissions I’ve been receiving. I’ve also forged about two weeks of observation data (which I pilfered from NRAO’s convenient online database), so everything should appear normal and accurate. The Americans will be effectively taking over the station for about 24 hours, so I’ll be updating this journal remotely.

Once the Americans are out of my hair I will prepare a transmission to the captain of the Shinkai Maru 5. Still contemplating what to say.

This message (and 8 repeats) arrived on the Array a few minutes ago:

15DEC2009185709NZST RA12h42m36.9s,DE-11°19′35″
A long night. I made an inspection of the ship, looking for damages and potential systems failures throughout. The ship is nearly 70,000 cubic meters in total and it can take quite a while to crawl every centimeter. These deep space ships are tough and equipped with redundant electronic and mechanical systems. I didn’t expect to find any problems. It’s the potential for problems that I couldn’t find that bothers me. I also inventoried the ship’s consumables and ran life support systems tests. All appear in good order. If a person enjoyed eating nutrition packs, drinking reclaimed water and breathing scrubbed air, they might be very comfortable here. I’ve opened communications to all possible channels and frequencies, searching for assistance. Without nav data, the system can’t locate our position in space. For some time, the nav system was spinning dangerously high, trying to resolve available external data against its charts. Nothing out here is familiar. One thing remains certain. We are far outside our known space. Getting help, getting back in familiar space may take time. Spegg, I hope you are having an enjoyable excursion in my survival pod.

– Maxim Akihiko Broussad, Shinkai Maru 5

[Communication sent: 04DEC2185 Shinkai Maru 5]