Elite Dangerous Newsletter #116 - From Frontier Developments
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Welcome to the Elite Dangerous Newsletter #116.

This week we're showing you not one but two images in the Peek of the Week, we're applauding some incredible low-altitude flying skills in our Horizons Video Spotlight, giving you details on the Merchandise Sale, catching up with the latest GalNet news, and much more.

As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our ForumsTwitterFacebook, Community Homepage, and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback. 

Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.

Contents This Week

Peek of the Week - Keeping Track of Community Goals on the Galaxy Map

As part of The Engineers you'll be able to track the locations of Community Goals on the galaxy map, and they'll appear on there whether you're signed up for that particular goal or not. It'll be easier than ever to find a community goal and get involved with other Commanders. Community Goals will also appear on the mission board at any starport, so you can sign up to the community goal no matter where you are in the galaxy.
The location of the Community Goal will also appear on the system map screen, too. Along with many other changes and tweaks coming to the mission system in The Engineers, Community Goals may have multiple commodities involved in their completion. 
And finally in this week's double edition Peek of the Week, we're sure you'll be 'making tracks' while exploring planet surfaces in The Engineers.

Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.

Horizons Video Spotlight

Just like we gave you two peeks this week, we saw two videos that we simply couldn't choose between, so we decided to put them both in the Horizons Video Spotlight.

The first video is from the Elite Racers, who held their first ever surface canyon race this week, and you can see the entire collection of images and videos from the event on their dedicated subreddit. The image above was taken from their preliminary practice race, but it shows just how close the pilots were flying next to one another. The images don't quite do it justice, and you have to see the race in motion to get a true sense of just how fast these Commanders are throwing themselves around the canyons. 
The Elite Racers meet before the first heat of the day
Malic Tolsen keeps things to the point on his YouTube channel with the appropriately-named 'Oculus Imperial Courier Canyon Run'. Malic's impressive flight-assist off flying skills, combined with the impressive planet-side Oculus visuals make this video an absolute treat. Click here to see the video in full.
Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.

Merchandise Sale Now On

Visit the Frontier Store right now to take advantage of the 30% off merchandise sale. The sale runs until Monday at 12:00 GMT and includes some of the community-favourite items including the Elite Dangerous beanies, Elite Dangerous mugs and a selection of the Elite Dangerous tees.

Horizons Highlights

The above image captioned 'Army of Two' was taken by Commander Jonticles. Click the image to see it in its full glory - truly one of our favourite screenshots to come from the Elite Dangerous community since the release of Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
Shab00ka continues his Distant Worlds documentary-style series with another stunning and serene look at the distant edges of our galaxy. The shot above shows the moment where a planetary eclipse happen right before  Shab00ka’s eyes - click here to see it in full motion.
Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.
Welcome to our weekly roundup of news stories and events in the Elite Dangerous galaxy.
Authorities at Wilkes Orbital in the Nespeleve System have made a shocking announcement: the majority of those rescued from the Blue Hand Gang, including Professor Ishmael Palin, have been infected with a strain of Cerberus Plague, the deadly pathogen that claimed millions of lives last year. An initiative to cure these unfortunate individuals is now underway.
There has been a breakthrough in the fight against the technological plague currently affecting starports throughout the galaxy. A molecular chemist based at Obsidian Orbital has used meta-alloys to develop a material that can counter the dangerous self-repair properties of the Unknown Artefacts. The galactic community has responded to this news by gathering fresh quantities of meta-alloys with which to restore the malfunctioning starports.
Damon Clarke, the high-profile Imperial patron who was discovered to have ties to the dissident organisation Emperor’s Dawn, has been found dead at his home on Capitol. According to an anonymous source, Clarke was murdered by as individuals believed to have ties to Emperor’s Dawn.
The Beta Hydri Corporation has announced that the Federal campaign to construct a new Farragut Battle Cruiser is now complete. According to a company spokesperson, the galactic community responded positively to the appeal, resulting in the rapid construction of the new Federal vessel.
The campaign from the Canonn Interstellar Research Group to establish a new research outpost in the Col 285 Sector IX-T d3-43 system has been enthusiastically received by the galactic community. It is hoped that the new station will become one of the galaxy's foremost centres for Unknown Artefact research.

The inaugural endurance race for the Hutton Cup

The Hutton Truckers are busy arranging their next major event, with the inaugural endurance race for the Hutton Cup. You can see the original forum post here, or you can read on below to find out more about the event from the organisers themselves. 

"Ladies and gentlemen, after weeks of research and planning, our team have returned with information on a route for the next big mission from Hutton Orbital.

The dates for the race will be released over the next few weeks and you'll have time to get training. This challenge is hard. Following the Hutton Run CG and the GIMPP exploration run (from which commanders are STILL returning), we are launching a multi-SRV endurance challenge.

We have located a planet with locations just under 600km apart. The start of the race is on the level, but it soon descends into craters and then a mountain range before levelling back out for the finish line.

We will be inviting player groups to enter multi-vehicle teams. At the start, they will be allocated some cargo, which between them they will need to truck to the destination using SRV's.

Teams can act as relays, to allow players in different time zones to play together. You can bring spare SRV's and plenty of repair and refuel materials and pause for "pit stops" to change vehicles or hand over to team-mates.

The route takes 12-14 hours to drive. Are you tough enough? Do you want your team to bring home the Hutton Cup and have your name engraved on it?

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing details, including the route so you can get planning your path through the mountain range. We will have a flyby video of the route to help you.

If you die and your teammates can't carry on for you, you lose.... (or start again). The regs will be published along with the route.

All entrants who make the journey, even if they don't win will be sent a Hutton Orbital Truckers patch for their suit. We are also recruiting for a handful of marshals from varied time zones to act as support ships.

So. the Hutton Cup. Are you tough enough? If you're interested, comment below and we'll add you to the list.

The planet is 0.17g, the racing starts on the flat, circumnavigating (or driving into) craters, some of which are 20km across. It rises into rolling hills and then after 370km into treacherous mountains!"

Join the Elite - Everything You Need to Know About Trade

On Thursday March 24, we're continuing our tutorial livestream series on the official Elite Dangerous channel. Join the Elite is a series that takes deep dives into various aspects of Elite Dangerous, explaining everything you need to know about a particular part of the game. The series is aimed at seasoned players, teaching a thing or two to even the most dedicated of Elite experts.

In future weeks we'll be covering the flight model, the Galaxy simulation, Powerplay and more. Join Edward Lewis and Elite Dangerous Head of Design, Laurence Oldham, in episode 3, as they show you everything you need to know about Trading.

Make sure you join us on our official YouTube channel at 19:00 GMT on Thursday March 24.

Last week's stream was all about Exploration, and you can watch the VOD on our YouTube channel.

Community Goals Update

Greetings, Commanders, and welcome to this week’s community goals blog. If you’re looking for a goal, the breakdown below should help:

Terraforming Vennik 1: 
Nixon Enterprise, Vennik – Deliver Land Enrichment Systems to Nixon Enterprise in the Vennik system to support the terraforming of Vennik 1.

Deliver Medicines to Wilkes Orbital: 
Thompson Dock, Varati - Deliver Ceremonial Heike Tea to Wilkes Orbital in the Nespeleve system to contain the Cerberus outbreak.

For decades, the Revolutionary Party of Vennik has been terraforming the planet Vennik 1, slowly transforming it into a habitable world. With the ambitious project about to enter its final stage, the organisation has placed an open order for land-enrichment systems with which to prepare the planet’s surface for agricultural development. A spokesperson for the Revolutionary Party of Vennik released a brief statement:

 “Terraforming a planet takes decades, so we’re delighted to be entering the final stage. Our aim is to establish an agricultural economy on Vennik 1 so it can contribute to the production of food and medicine in the Vennik system. With the support of the galactic community, we will soon be able to reap the benefit of our efforts.”

The organisation has promised to reward those who deliver the much-needed commodities to Nixon Enterprise in the Vennik system.

The normally peaceful Wilkes Orbital has been the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks. Now it seems that the majority of those recovered from the criminals, including Professor Ishmael Palin, have been infected with a strain of Cerberus Plague, the deadly pathogen that claimed millions of lives last year. Governor Lawrence, the principal administrator of Wilkes Orbital, has released a statement to the media:

“The situation is certainly serious, but it’s important to keep things in perspective. At present, the disease is confined to those who were rescued from the Blue Hand Gang, so it should be perfectly possible to keep it contained. The pertinent task is to cure the infected. This is a new strain of the Cerberus Plague, one we’ve never seen before. But it seems that Ceremonial Heike Tea, which was used to cure the original strain of the plague, is also effective against this version of the disease. We have therefore issued an open order for Ceremonial Heike Tea with which to cure the infected. Any surplus tea will be stockpiled in anticipation of further outbreaks, although I should stress that such a scenario is extremely unlikely.”

The community goals start on 17th of March 3302 and will run for one week.

Whether you’re delivering tea or terraforming  equipment, fly safe Commanders!

Comms Chatter

Reddit user Btomhat on the Elite Dangerous subreddit shared this short gallery of some neat images that he took while exploring... some of the visual effects he added in, are quite... different.

As always, our commanders that use Steam have posted some rather impressive images to the Elite Dangerous gallery! Check them out by clicking the image above.

CMDR Sapporo on our official forums posted a couple of time lapses. This is a fine example that everything in Elite Dangerous is actively moving about! 

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