A0620-00 is a black hole binary in the constellation Monoceros. It was settled by the Plaguestar League in 1380 TCE, nearly a thousand years prior to the first Trailblazer to arrive in the Sol system. While thus technically under Joint Nomad Fleet (JNF) control, its loyalty is uncertain. The system has no jumpgate, as large JNF ships are all FTL-capable. Together with its great distance to the nearest inhabited system, that makes is almost inaccessible to other factions within reasonable timeframes.Map of A0260-00 by Konstantin M., created in Universe Sandbox2
Star SystemAt the center of the system is a black hole of about 6.6 solar masses, orbited closely by an orange star. The black hole's gravity has pulled the star into an ellipsoid shape, and draws matter from it, creating a bright accretion disk. Matter from the disk falling into the black hole causes x-ray bursts approximately every 60 Terran years.
VisibilityAt a distance of around one parsec from Sol, the light from the system reaching Terran Space in the 40th century dates back to before the JNF's arrival, making it appear uninhabited. If Terran ships were to stray near the system, they wouldn't pick up much radio chatter either, as the JNF limits radio communication to low-energy short-range use whenever possible. While the Dyson rings are not large enough to block significant amounts of starlight, the waste heat from the various megastructures present in the system would be quite easily identifiable as both artificial and in operation even from a distance.
SettlementsThe only permanent settlement in the system is the drift station JNFS Plaguestar Rising (PSR). It's a small outpost by JNF standards, but an important stopover point for ships in the area. Like all drifts, PSR consists of an amalgamation of habitats, decommissioned ships, and cannibalized spin stations. It includes maintenance docks, refueling stations, bulk cargo and container terminals, and a variety of facilities catering to the ship crews. However, PSR is primarily an industrial settlement and offers little infrastructure for travelers who aren't voidbrood, shadows, or affiliated AI.
PopulationThe station is under the command of Marshal Envy Last-of-the-Rotten, and the majority of the crew are Engineers. It's also home to a significant stationside security force, and a destroyer squadron led by the cruiser JNFV Unconditional Subordination.
ResourcesThe black hole is far too massive to generate any significant amounts of Hawking radiation. Tapping its rotation for power is complicated by the accretion disk and companion star, but that same interaction makes for both a fuel and power source all of its own.
Dyson Rings & Power RelaysThe companion star hosts three Dyson rings in non-equatorial orbits. The power they generate is beamed to the two relays at the star's Lagrange points 4 and 5, and from there to the drift station.
Harvester SwarmsThe accretion disk is rich in hydrogen and other fusion fuels. Autonomous havester swarms trawl the disk's outskirts and deliver their cargo to the drift station, to be stored there or distributed to spaceships or the nova reactors. They're also equipped to shepherd the accretion disk and feed matter into the black hole to provoke x-ray bursts for the Nova reactors.
Nova ReactorsTwo hybrid nuclear power plants are located above the poles of the black hole. Their primary purpose is to breed fission and fusion fuels. Their secondary purpose is to generate power from x-ray bursts. Designed as scaled-down versions of Quasar reactors, they serve as a backup power plant for times of increased demand.
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- Alternative Name(s)
- Mon X-1, V616 Mon
- Black Hole
- Included Locations
- Owning Organization
- Plaguestar League
|Sol||1 kpc (3.26 kly)|
|Spectral Type||stellar black hole|
K5V (orange star)
|Variable Type||X-ray nova|
|Mass||6.61 M☉ (black hole)|
0.4 M☉ (star)
|Radius||0.8 R☉ (star)|
|Luminosity||0.14 L☉ (star)|
|Temperature||4,000 K (star)|
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