Here's the screen you're presented with when you express an interest in a reconnaissance
mission for either the Federal or Imperial Military. This one is in the
Sol system, at the heart of the Federation so it's little wonder the Empire
are offering you Cr11000 to do it.
Upon accepting the mission you'll get a screen like this one. The mission will take place at Mercury in the Sol system and must be completed by the 30th September. When completed, you must return to Facece to receive your money and thanks from the military.
Your ship's database will show that Mercury is a barren planetoid with no starports. This is not a problem but what
it does show is that you will not be travelling to some remote outer planet for
this mission - Federal troops will be close at hand and your mission will be
a tricky one, to put it mildly.
In orbit around Mercury, your target id will show something called *rontier. This is your target so set your autopilot to this
and make your way there as quickly as possible.
...but here we are getting very close to the installation. Set your battle target to the base and start clicking on the camera icon. Remember, they have a lot of film so take as many shots as you can as you swoop in, while still fending off enemy ships. This is where a Frontier pilot really earns his money.
This really is incredibly close to the base and your ship will be in extreme danger
here as enemy forces launch more and more fighters to attack you. However there
is a very good reason for getting in this close - if you manage to take pictures
from less than 10km away you will receive extra ranking points and gratitude
from the military when you return home. They will rate your mission as excellent
rather than Ok and while you won't be paid any extra, you will get more points
as you strive towards the next rank up.
Once you've taken sufficient film, your mission status will change to "DONE". That's the time to leave the planet, set your hyperdrive for Facece and get back home to receive your richly deserved praises. And money..
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