I'm not sure exactly when the classified missions start appearing on the bulleting board. They are offered by both military powers and you can easily spot them as they are headed "CLASSIFIED MISSION". At the bottom right of the screen you can see a brief description of the mission. The bit that's missing off the bottom of the page says that you need to destroy the Military Defence Satellite first, BEFORE you photograph the secret research base. It is very important because the satellite broadcasts your ship's ID to all pirates in the system and beyond, which means you will be constantly attacked by all manner of ships everywhere you go until you wipe out that satellite !
Once you've accepted you'll see a screen like this. Your ship will also have been
equipped with a nuclear missile and a transmission jammer - this last item stops
the satellite from sending out your ship ID while you're in the system. Then
you can destroy the satellite with the nuclear warhead before heading for the
Let's have a quick look at the system where you are doing the mission - very unremarkable
but it's worth noting that the research base is on the 13th planet and
the defence satellite will be orbiting that planet.
This is what we found lurking in orbit around the planet - one sinister looking piece
of military hardware with the ID AH-928.
Well, we've got past the enemy ships and located the satellite. This is a nice shot
showing our ship heading towards the satellite with the planet in the background.
So what you want to do is set your battle target to the satellite, so that your one-and-only nuke will have the correct target stored
in its memory.
Away goes the missile from the launch bay of your ship. These missiles travel pretty
fast but just under 30km is a good distance to launch it from.
As described above, you should select the planet as your autopilot's target. When
you get there your id system should pick up an item on the planet's surface called
*rontier. You may need to orbit the planet for a short time before it comes
You'll have a lot of enemy ships to take care of here but if your skills are up to
scratch you'll get through and get closer and closer to the research base.
Once you've got the best set of pictures you can safely manage, fire your thrusters
and get away from the planet. Hyperspace back to where you picked up the mission
in the first place - in this case Eta Cassiopeia - and after you dock you'll
get this brief thank-you message, the payment will be credited to your account
and points added to your tally which will give you a big push towards promotion.