Elite Dangerous Newsletter #102 - From Frontier Developments
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Hello, Commander,
Welcome to Elite Dangerous Newsletter #102.

This week, we're celebrating the launch of the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season beta with Planetary Landings, announcing our minimum VR specs, telling you about our Elite Dangerous festive holiday plans, offering some Elite Dangerous tips to new players and old, 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
 ForumsTwitterFacebookCommunity Homepage, and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback. 

You can pre-order Elite Dangerous: Horizons now:
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Contents This Week

Elite Dangerous: Horizons Beta Is Out Now

The Elite Dangerous: Horizons Beta is now underway with the Beta of Planetary Landings. Thanks to the feedback, bug reports and the thousands of you exploring unknown worlds, it's off to an amazing start. We’ve already had three beta versions (well, 3 and a bit!) and have responded and have fixed/improved/tweaked a great many things in response to the great feedback - we're very happy with progress so far.

You can
join the Horizons beta today, which will give you access to all the beta releases in the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season. Those with beta access can test the expansions before they're released, and send invaluable feedback and bug reports that help us improve our releases even further.
To celebrate the launch of the beta, we're running a screenshot and video competition on the forum. The community have been taking some incredible screenshots of the beta and we've added a few below, but make sure you check out the full amazing collection on the forum - why not add to it with your own creations?
Taken by Jon Flint
Taken by Chris H
Taken by CMDR Auranium
Taken by Minudra
Taken by Vondutch
Taken by John Flint
Taken by Cheese Wedge
Taken by Faramir
Taken by Mikael
Taken by Fruitbat
Taken by Tony H
Taken by CMDR 'Who?'
There were plenty more to choose from, and we had a tough time putting together those above. Make sure you look through the full brilliant collection (in high res) on the forum here

Now you’ve seen the game in action, don’t forget to pre-orderElite Dangerous Season One players receive a £10 ($15) loyalty discount that's applied automatically on check-out. Visit our store for more details.

Minimum VR Spec For Elite Dangerous

We are delighted to be able to announce the minimum VR specs for Elite Dangerous. If you have access to the Elite Dangerous: Horizons beta, you can play it with VR now.

Minimum Spec for VR:
•         OS: Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
•         Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad Core CPU or better / AMD FX 4350 Quad Core CPU or better
•         Memory: 16 GB RAM
•         Graphics: Nvidia GTX 980 with 4GB or better
•         Network: Broadband Internet Connection
•         Hard Drive: 8 GB available space

You can see the minimum and recommended PC specs for the Elite Dangerous: Horizons beta on our store

We are passionate about VR and Elite Dangerous is leading the way in cutting edge VR software development. This is what we consider to be a minimum spec to have a good experience on forthcoming consumer VR headsets.

As most of you are aware we currently support HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift 0.5 SDK. We continue to work with Oculus on support for their more recent SDKs, and will let you know if and when there is more to announce.

Horizons Beta Training

If you're looking for a good guide to get you started before jumping in, Producer Adam Woods and Community Manager Edward Lewis took a live audience through the Horizons basics, in the Commander Training video they streamed earlier in the week. You can watch the video, and see what's covered in the video description, by clicking the image above.

If you need more of a written reference guide, Lead Designer Sandro Sammarco uploaded a Quick Reference Guide to the Elite Dangerous forum.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

This year, we’re going all out to bring you the biggest Elite Dangerous holiday season ever. We will be releasing more news and information next week but we wanted to make sure everyone saved the date for these festive events.

17 December
The Billionaire’s treasure hunt

The Eccentric Billionaire has been planning another of his famous treasure hunts and has been overheard making claims that this one is going to be the biggest yet. Rumours have been circulating amongst the upper echelons that this time the billionaire will be giving the winner their very own Federal Corvette to cruise around the Milky Way in!

21 December
24 hour Christmas Charity Livestream & Blind auction

On December 21 at 12:00 GMT Community Manager Ed Lewis will be holding a stream like no other. He will be live and chatting with the Elite Dangerous community for 24 consecutive hours.

We’ve got a whole load of guests joining Ed from Frontier Developments and the community and they will be hosting events, shows, gifts giveaways and an incredible prize draw, all in aid of SpecialEffect.

We will have more details in the coming week, but be sure to keep the day free!

There will also be a blind auction which will close on the 16th of December. More news to follow soon.

22 December
A time for giving

This year we’ve got a very special Community Goal just for the Christmas period.

Every Commander in the galaxy will be able to work together to help bring a gift to thousands of players. As well as your usual credits, a successful CG will also unlock a new ship for new and inexperienced players (players with between 3 and 10 hours of game play). The type of ship that is granted will depend on the tier achieved, so there has never been a better time to help your fellow Commanders.

We will also have daily giveaways in the build up to Christmas so make sure you check out our forums and social media channels every day.

Beta-only Community Goal

Calling all beta pilots! To celebrate the launch of the Horizons beta we put a special Community Goal live earlier today. Read on to find out how you can get involved and win a paint job of your choice.

Follow clues to help track down and recover a stolen data core:
"LHS 3262 Solutions has reported the theft of a valuable experimental data core. The core, which has been in development for some time, has been described as being “of great importance” to LHS 3262 Solutions, and a generous reward has been offered for its safe return. The precise location of the thieves is not known and Security services in the LHS 3262 system, where LHS 3262 Solutions is based, have been unable to track the thieves, but they have determined that the criminals recently visited three systems: Eleu, Pijan and Baris.

LHS 3262 Solutions has stressed that the core must be recovered soon, before it degrades and becomes unusable and are offering a rich reward for the first pilot to return the item to their facility at Whitworth Park on Akan."

As an additional reward the pilot that returns with the data core will also be awarded a special code to obtain a new ship paintjob of their choice.

Find the Stolen Data Core
LHS 3262, Whiworth Park on Akan – search for clues to recover the stolen data core.

Happy Hunting Commanders!

As an additional reward the pilot that returns with the data core will also be awarded a special code to obtain a new ship paint job of their choice.

CQC Tournament Livestream - Echo Delta

The Danger Zone is a new livestream series in preparation of the $100,000 CQC tournament we're hosting next year. 

In the 
first episode of the Danger Zone, we introduced one of Frontier Developments' greatest pilots, and gave you the chance to take them on in CQC battle. CJ, our Frontier hotshot pilot managed to win five of the seven matches he took part in, with two players becoming legendary in front of a live audience.

For episode 2 we'll be introducing a few more members of the crack flying Frontier Developments team called Echo Delta, and pitting them against you in rotation. Make sure you join us at 7PM GMT on Tuesday December 8 on our official YouTube channel to see if you can take on the developer team! You might even be lucky enough to get a rematch against CJ!
From Executive Producer Michael Brookes

Hi everyone,

This week saw the beta release for Horizons Planetary Landings and an updated 1.5 beta build. An update was released on Tuesday and we’re planning another update before the end of the week.

There’s a ton of changes and new features to get to grips with so if you want to know more about them then watch the Commander Training Live stream from Tuesday evening with Adam and Ed – you can view it 

It’s also worth taking a look at Sandro’s Quick Start Guide here.

The beta itself has been busier with many of you eager to see the planets up close and that’s generated some excellent feedback on the new features in the update. We’re reviewing issues and comments and addressing as needed, some of the changes in the beta 3 release as a result of that feedback. While we often cannot respond directly to these discussions, they are noted and feed into our internal decision making on changes.

I’ve mentioned this on the forums already I’d like to reiterate that the current SRV death behaviour of returning to port is not the intended behaviour, you should restore to your ship – unless your ship has been destroyed. Also if your SRV is destroyed then you shouldn’t lose your exploration data, again unless your ship has been destroyed. These fixes should be in for next week’s build.

We also have some additional changes coming for explorers to integrate some of the new features into their progression a little more. The first addition is an exploration rank increase when finding materials for the first time. Subsequent material finds will provide a small increase to the Commander’s explorer rank value. Searching planets by driving in the SRV will also accrue explorer rank increases and the bonus is scaled depending on how far away from Sol you are.

Based on testing and feedback we’ve extended the base fuel range for the SRV, and with the materials capacity by preparing in advance you can have plenty of refills for the fuel. In addition the bonus effect from the fuel synthesis is also going to be changed so it improves fuel efficiency rather than boosting the shield. This change might come in a bit late for the 2.0 release, so may come in 2.1. Another change to synthesis is that we’re toning down the damage bonuses before the Horizons release.

For the detailed surface scans we shall increase the payouts for these for the Horizons and 1.5 release.

And to finish up Zac has been busy putting together some fun activities over the Christmas period – we’re supporting SpecialEffect with a 24 hour charity livestream. You can find our more on this and the other events we’re running

Educating Ed - Buckyball Racing Club

On the last episode of Educating Ed, the Galactic Intern joined up with the Hutton Orbital Truckers, in what might just be the most intense experience he's had yet. You'll have to watch to see if the intern makes all 29 jumps, and how many times he's interrupted by pirates on the way. A cast of hundreds was involved in this epic convoy across the galaxy - it's a fantastic showcase of how incredible the Elite Dangerous community really is. Watch the full-stream back here.

In the next episode the Galactic Intern will the Buckyball Racing Club for some cross-galaxy racing action, and to learn a thing or two for what it takes to be a Buckyball Racer. The stream will be happening on our official YouTube channel at 7PM GMT on December 10. Join the intern and members of the Buckyball Racing Club to learn all about their activities, and to see how you can get involved with the group.

Community Goals Update

Greetings, Commanders, and welcome to this week’s community goals blog.

Many had hoped that Emperor’s Dawn had been stamped out by the military might of the Empire, but now it seems the organisation may merely have been driven underground. According to the
Federal Security Service agency, the insurgent organisation has established a base in the Federation-controlled system of Kausalya. The reason for the insurgents’ infringement is not known, but military analysts have speculated that, given the system’s proximity to Empire-controlled space, the insurrectionists may attempt to use Kausalya as a staging ground for attacks against the Empire.

President Hudson confirmed that he has authorised the payment of privateer bonds to pilots who help the Federation combat Emperor’s Dawn. He concluded his address with the words: “Federation pilots – to your ships! We have work to do.”

In other news, exploration vessels are being encouraged by the Explorer’s Association to gather valuable information on previously uncharted star systems. The request has been submitted on behalf of a number of secondary organisations, which plan to use the data to improve their planetary databases. A spokesperson for the association released a brief statement:

“There is always a demand for fresh data, both within the commercial sector and among the galaxy’s various geopolitical entities. On this occasion, the request has been issued on behalf of several private concerns that are in need of accurate, up-to-date information. Any pilots who contribute to this initiative will be generously rewarded.”

If you’re looking for a goal, the breakdown below should help:

Appeal for Exploration Data

Lave system, Lave Station – Deliver Exploration Data to Lave Station to help improve planetary databases.

Emperor’s Dawn vs. Federation

Kausalya system, Emperor’s Dawn pilots: Agnesi City - Collect bonds by eliminating Federation targets; the side with most bonds wins the war.
Kausalya system, Federation pilots: Gernhardt Station - Collect bonds by eliminating Emperor’s Dawn targets; the side with most bonds wins the war.

Stay safe out there, Commanders!

Comms Chatter

Greetings commanders new and old!

In this weeks comms chatter, we delve into the basics of Elite Dangerous. So with out further wait, let's begin!

So you're just getting started with the world of Elite Dangerous and you decided to instantly join open or solo... whoa there buddy, you're in for a world of hurt! Take an hour out of your time to watch, read, and learn some of the ways of Elite Dangerous!

Over on our official YouTube page, we have 12 down-to-the-basics of Elite Dangerous. From basic flight to Wings and basic combat, these videos should help you learn the ropes. You can watch them below, or you can click here to view the content directly on YouTube!

Next week we'll be showcasing some of our favourite things we've been shown from people playing the Horizons beta.

Once you've taken some time out to learn the ropes, our awesome community has a few fansites with troves of information.

One of our fansite operators, SpyTec who operates and manages the Official Elite Wiki has been busy updating articles over on Take some time out to learn what is what on the Wiki! A common page that is going to be of value for you newer players is the Pilot's Guide, you can read more by clicking here.

Next up, check out the Guides and Tutorials forum on our official community forums here. This entire section is a goldmine of information!

Finally, one of our media partners on YouTube has this MASSIVE gauntlet of information. ObsidianAnt has videos ranging from History and lore, to Virtual Reality to Opinions and tutorials. We highly recommend for you to have a watch of his series on Epic History to Elite Dangerous!

The Revolutionary Noti Values Party has announced that its request for Xihe Companions has been successful. The organisation issued the appeal last week as part of an initiative to improve its so-called 'Master Chefs' – a special strain of slave labour specifically designed to serve as culinary workers. According to a spokesperson for the group, the Xihe Companions will be used to develop implants that will give the slaves access to every known recipe and culinary technique. The creation of the Master Chefs has angered human-rights campaigners, which have accused the Revolutionary Noti Values Party of inhuman practices. The campaigners have cited a Federal Times report in which it was claimed that the slaves were subjected to "the most punishing, dehumanising training imaginable". The organisation was approached for comment, but responded only with an image of its shareholders laughing uproariously while drinking cocktails.

On the 1st of May 3301, an Asp Explorer named 'Skyprowler', piloted by Commander Katejina, left its berth in the Smethells 56 system and began an ambitious expedition to circumnavigate the Milky Way. During the epic journey, Commander Katejina travelled to some of the furthest reaches of the galaxy, including Sagittarius A* and the distant Aphelion regions. The intrepid commander catalogued data on almost 16,000 star systems, travelled in access of 400,000 light years, and clocking in a total of 201 consecutive days in the cockpit.Katejina returned from her expedition last week to the congratulations of the galactic community. Her achievements have been catalogued, and will no doubt inspire future adventurers. Commander Erimus.

In this latest edition of our series revisiting key points in human history, award-winning journalist Fiona Parker discusses 'the missing' – the lost explorers who played a key role in the golden age of human exploration.

"Our preoccupation with progress means we tend to forget about those who fall by the wayside, but our present-day interplanetary civilisation would arguably not have come to pass without the pioneers of the mid-third Millennium."

"Between 2200 and 2700 the galaxy bore witness to a period of massive expansion, as huge numbers of expeditions and colonisation missions set off into the black. At the time, sending messages at faster than light speed was impossible, so it could take years, or even decades, for a message to reach its destination. In those days, you really were on your own, with nothing but your own ingenuity to rely on in times of crisis."

"We knew much less about the galaxy then than we do now, and scanning technology was considerably less sophisticated, so colonisation missions were particularly risky. Sometimes colonists were confronted with issues they couldn't possibly have prepared for, and many of the early settlements lasted only a few years."

"Of course, this phenomenon is not confined solely to the past. Only last year we lost Jasmina Halsey, the former Federal president, when her starship disappeared during an interplanetary tour. It's a fact both of our past and our present – an inescapable reality of life among the stars."
That’s it for Newsletter #102. As always, if there's anything in particular that you’d like to hear more about, or if you'd like to ask a question, then please contact us at

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Until next time, fly safe Commanders.

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