The Further Adventures of Pete in SPACE!
My budget-price energy proved to be a big hit with the citizens of the Greater Profit sector, and I was raking in the cash — more than enough to keep the plant stocked with the crystals it needed to continue functioning and still make a healthy profit. There weren’t any local transport vessels to do the resource run for me, unfortunately, but I had the foresight to park my plant pretty near the local Crystal Fab for exactly this reason.
Jumping back into Seizewell, I figured the large asteroid belt that bisected the region had to be rich in untapped resources, so I visited the Teladi Equipment Dock with my new-found wealth and purchased a mineral scanner. Sure enough, a cursory examination of several asteroids revealed a low concentration of ore and some which could provide a reasonably healthy-looking supply of silicon wafers, which are used for the production of crystals, lasers, microchips and all manner of other things.
I quickly hailed my friend in the Albatross again and informed him I had another job. Fortunately, he agreed to the terms before I informed him there would be no jumpgates involved, therefore I wouldn’t have to pay him anything. He didn’t seem to mind, though.
I led him to the shipyards again and instructed him to load up with a Silicon Mine this time. I then led him back into the asteroid belt and fumbled around scanning for a while until I relocated one with a healthy-looking yield. Fortunately, I’d had the foresight of making a note of both roughly where it was in relation to the surrounding landmarks as well as its identifying number, so this didn’t take long.
I instructed my freighter-piloting friend to unload the mine, and his robot workers quickly attached the heavy machinery to the asteroid. The lights in it remained dead, however — there was no power. I skipped over to the nearby energy plant — not mine, but still reasonably priced — and stocked up on energy cells. I then hailed the local shipyards and asked them to provide me with a freighter and pilot who would make regular trips to and from the energy plant to keep the mine operational at all times. I deposited some money into the mine’s accounts for the freighter pilot to make use of when purchasing the energy cells, then kicked back with a cup of space coffee to await the inevitable flow of credits rolling in.
To be continued.