Farpoint Station. Destination Kepler 62e.
Station Log: 04282013
I met with Fleet Command at Earth's Renaissance Station Friday afternoon. We had a good discussion on the organization of the soon to be constructed Farpoint Station and its final deployment at Kepler 62e.
The designing and building of a Fleet Station and her starships is a monumental task. We are in the beginning stages of that process which starts with Fleet Command giving final approval. Fleet accountants step in next and work out the layers and layers of financing, with the number one question being, where will the money come from for a combined Fleet / Fleet Science Station like Farpoint?
Fleet architects are the next ones to get involved. They will design the starships assigned to the station, and the station itself, whose location from Earth will be encapsulated in its name - Farpoint; making Farpoint Station the furthest Fleet Station from Earth. It will sit at the border between explored and unexplored space. Farpoint will be built in space, in sections at Earth's Renaissance Fleet Station. Finished modules will be transported by cargo carrier into orbit of Kepler 62e and assembled.
The Troubadour will be there every step of the way, reporting on the imagineering, design, fund raising, construction and deployment of Farpoint Station. No other space center starship / starbase has been documented so throughly. We want YOU to be invovled, every step of the way. Are you ready for the journey?
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