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Elite Dangerous group The Fuel Rats are about to pull off their most daring rescue yet

By Cal Jeffrey · 10 replies
Feb 20, 2019
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  1. Commander Deluvian Reyes Cruz began his journey outside the galaxy back in November of last year. His goal was to break the record for the farthest distance traveled from Sol. Not only did his miss his goal, but he also failed in the overall mission by becoming stranded in deep space.

    Rock Paper Shotgun notes that while Cruz set out with enough fuel to make the jump back, his greed to get one extra lightyear tacked onto his personal record cost him enough fuel to leave him no way back to charted territory.

    “I decided to go for one more sip on a supercruise tank,” the pilot said. “Just to stretch my distance to 141LY beyond Ishum’s Reach… just one more LY… I thought one more ‘sip’ would be ok. Well, it wasn’t.”

    After traveling for 45 days in real-time, Cruz had ventured 65,788 lightyears from Sol, falling short of the 65,804 LY record set by Commander Kenneth McGrew. His last little push put him just out of reach for the closest jump point back to the galaxy.

    Fortunately for Cruz, a group of Elite Dangerous players that call themselves “The Fuel Rats” heard of his plight and began planning “Operation: Beyond The Dark Edge” back in January. The Fuel Rats have rescued players in similar situations in the past. Last year we reported how they had saved Commander Persera from a fuel miscalculation that left her spinning out in the void.

    While rescuing someone poses fewer risks than venturing out to break a record alone, it still is a time-consuming task that takes planning. The Rats can not just jump out to the pilot and give them some fuel. They have to get there the same way the pilot did — on supercruise. Plus, it is in uncharted space. One slight mistake in their bearing calculations could have them lightyears away from Cruz and possibly stranded themselves.

    “It’s taken over 3 days to work the numbers and the science to the point that we have a detailed plan,” said Commander Highwaywarrior, who also participated in the rescue of Persera last year. “[Five] of us are en route to assist Cmdr Deluvian. In total, we have the capacity to carry 2576t of fuel and 632 limpets.”

    Once reaching the edge of the galaxy, four Rats set out toward Cruz’s ship — two refueling tankers and two rescue ships traveling in pairs. A fifth remains in safe space gathering necessary materials to get back to more civilized ports. The fuel haulers will each refill their respective rescue ship 38.7 lightyears outside the galaxy and then jump back to safety. The two rescue Rats will continue another 100+ LY to give Cruz enough fuel to make the jump back to the edge with them.

    Highwaywarrior is streaming the entire rescue. He is currently far enough out to have some great views of a side-on Milky Way. He and his partner Cmdr Veristhea will have traveled 600 hours in supercruise to reach the stranded pilot. For comparison, Persera's rescue only took 48 hours. They are scheduled to reach Cruz’s ship on Saturday, February 23, at 2100 (UTC) if you would like to watch the final phase of the operation.

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    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
  2. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 559   +199

    What did I just read? I'm not sure.
  3. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 354   +237

    See, whenever someone complains about math not being useful (especially higher-level math), we can just point to this & say, "..."...well, at least we can get a good laugh out of it.

    Seriously, though, kudos to them not only for the dedication to their in-game clan, but that they're willing to spend time to help out a total stranger that they've only heard of in the game.
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,516   +1,723

    Why wouldnt you just reset your ship or blow up and respawn?
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,135   +1,553

    It's about an online game called Elite Dangerous and some people have fun traveling beyond the map. That's about all I know.
  6. fluffydestroyer

    fluffydestroyer TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +17

    dedication, love to a game and its community. Thats what you just read. I don't see this kind of dedication in games and not even in MMO's (except Eve-Online, those guys are crazy). I do have Elite Dangerous, played here and there and I have to say the fuel rats are a respected bunch and I approve what they do. its good to get news like this from time to time. It shows how a group of people can get really into a game and have some dedication to it.
  7. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +626

    I don't think you can just reset your ship. Abandon it, lose, whatever, and I think you need to start over from scratch. To get this far, he has probably spent a fair amount of in-game time building up (and spending) resources. The rescue only leaves him out the cost of the fuel, but dumping his ship would mean he would probably have to start all over.

    Or I could be completely wrong. I have friends who play Elite, but I do not.
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  8. Idianeira

    Idianeira TS Rookie

    One of the rats on the rescue here. Cmdr Highwaywarrior's partner isn't actually Cmdr Numerlor, he was just a refueller for the trip ahead. Cmdr Veristhea is the other rat flying out to Cmdr Deluvian's position. Otherwise amazing article!
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  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

    He is literally mapping out uncharted space, if he respawns all of that would be lost, I can't believe anyone would like to try to do that more than once lol
  10. Zorak

    Zorak TS Rookie Posts: 17   +6

    Take it away, it's blocking the driveway!
  11. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,648   +397

    Thank you for that. I was just going by their plan diagram. I'll make the update.
    Kibaruk likes this.

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