Tuesday, December 11, 2007

November 17, 2189 [1200 U.T.]

Dear Diary,

Well, today has been both good news and bad news for us. The good news is that Everson was able to restore some of the ship’s power. That guy’s a damn genius. We were able to get the Sulaco’s tumbling under control and we’re now parked up alongside her. The bad news is that we were unable to get the main reactor going again. Everson is at a loss for words as to what is wrong with it, but he thinks that the fire damaged some critical components and that’s why it refuses to start. The problem here is that we need the reactor to power the main engines. Without them we cannot pull the Sulaco away from its decaying orbit. It turns out the company sent the wrong vessel for the job. The Conestoga class ship is a war ship, not a towing vessel. This obviously means the Sulaco is still going to crash. Our job now is to gather up as much shit from the Sulaco as possible and then kiss it goodbye. The atmosphere scrubbers are currently working on cleaning the air to make our job easier. (14)



U.S.S. Tonoro C172689 to Network Comcon 01500 –
Vessel U.S.S. Sulaco C172688 partially revived. Power restored to some compartments as well as essential systems. Vessel now under control. Main reactor unable to start. Reason – unknown, possible hardware damage. U.S.S. Sulaco C172688 still on decaying orbit. Unable to tow vessel, U.S.S. Tonoro C172689 not adequate to tow Sulaco. Estimated time of atmosphere entry – 3 dys, 4 hrs, 21 mins. Atmosphere in Sulaco being processed, breathable soon. Salvaging as much as possible from U.S.S. Sulaco before atmosphere entry. No signs of life found at this time. Ship severely damaged by fire, but intact.
Time – 12:02:53 U.T. – 11/17/2189

The emergency systems provided enough power to operate the Sulaco’s attitude thrusters, but not enough to power the main engines. Unable to rescue the Sulaco, the Tonoro was lined up with the Sulaco so that both ship were in orbit right next to each other. This made movement between the two vessels much easier. When the report was sent to network, Search Squad One had searched a large portion of the ship without finding a single sign of life. The cryogenic compartment, where the fire aboard the Sulaco started, was burnt beyond recognition. The hanger was a complete mess, looking at the video clips. The drop ship that was stored there apparently blew up. The explosion punched a hole through a few decks, but the hull survived intact. Those old Conestogas sure were tough.

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