Dyson Sphere

Ringworld construction halted due to structural concerns

Habitable Section A, Bower System, Pcuss Star Congress

Construction on the Pcuss Star Congress' new ringworld has ceased due to structural concerns.

The eight circular segments of the ringworld did not align properly in orbit of the Bower Star and have left the superstructure highly unstable. In the most extreme example of this, adjacent ringworld sections labelled as 'C' and 'D' are separated by a gap of nearly 390,000km.

Image: Ringworld sections C and D are separated by a gap of nearly 390,000km.

Image: Ringworld sections C and D are separated by a gap of nearly 390,000km.

The failure of the project has been a major blow to the Pcuss Star Congress' reputation, as it had appropriated tens of thousands of minerals and 25 years of hard work towards the endeavour.

Pcussian chief engineer I'keea told Xenonion News:

"This is embarrassing. We spent quite a lot of unity points on getting a Master Builder's qualification from that Ascension program. For this to happen... well, maybe we should just lose the 'Master' bit of the title."

The ringworld has four habitable sections - A, C, E and G, which will remain colonizable for an estimated 40 years before the structure is torn apart by mechanical stress and collapses into Bower. In spite of this - the Pcuss are preparing to move their capitol to Section A in pursuit of the rare achievement of having a ringworld as a home planet.

The Bower ringworld is not the Pcuss' first attempt at mega-engineering, nor is it their first failure.

In 2094 they constructed their first space habitat in a highly excentric orbit around a gas giant, with its periapsis within the planet's atmosphere. Like the ringworld the habitat will most likely de-orbit in a few decades. 

Image: The Pcuss habitat is heated and shaken each time it passes by close to the planet.

Image: The Pcuss habitat is heated and shaken each time it passes by close to the planet.

In 2131 they sponsored a Deus Volt dyson sphere project in the Misstagg System. As Pcuss engineers were about to mount the last solar panels they realised that large portions of the sphere were submerged in the star it was supposed to encapsulate. It is still unclear how this happened.

Image: No one knows how the Dyson sphere in Misstagg was built.

Image: No one knows how the Dyson sphere in Misstagg was built.

Galactic construction shares on the Space Exchange Index (SExI) have remained buoyant on the news.

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Investigation as several Dyson Spheres found to produce exact same energy

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Image: A partially completed Deus Volt-sponsored Dyson Sphere.

Image: A partially completed Deus Volt-sponsored Dyson Sphere.

Energy provider Deus Volt has come under intense scrutiny from corporate regulators after it emerged their Dyson Sphere projects all produce the exact same amount of energy, regardless of star type.

Of the seven Deus Volt-sponsored Dyson Spheres in operation across the galaxy, each produce +1000 energy - significantly less than originally projected. Similarities between outputs had been largely unnoticed due to lack of communication between client empires.

Four of the space-nations affected have made an official complaint to the Galactic UN's Office of Trading Standards, which has launched a formal investigation.

ReguL8, a robotic spokesperson for the Galactic UN, told Xenonion News:

"I can confirm we are investigating Deus Volt regarding erroneous energy production from their Dyson Sphere sites. Each Dyson Sphere is built around stars of differing luminosity which should produce differing amounts of energy, and an infinite amount more than 1000 energy. Yet here we have examples of a Dyson Sphere built around a Red Dwarf producing the same energy as one built around a more powerful Blue Supergiant. Something doesn't add up - where is all this extra energy going? It's certainly not powering my batteries."

Image: ReguL8, Galactic UN spokesperson states the Office of Trading Standards is investigating Deus Volt, adding; "01110111110111100010101."

Image: ReguL8, Galactic UN spokesperson states the Office of Trading Standards is investigating Deus Volt, adding; "01110111110111100010101."

The general consensus among the engineering community is that Deus Volt's engineers are simply incompetent, but critics claim the extra energy is likely being siphoned off by the upper echelons of the company for their own use.

Deus Volt CEO Pilon was quick to respond, releasing a statement earlier this morning:

"I don't get all the fuss - we should be thinking of this as pure coincidence. For those that aren't buying that story, think of it as an engineering marvel - we're able to extract the energy of a Blue Supergiant for the cost of a Red Dwarf. Isn't that amazing?"

Image: Deus Volt CEO / full time model Pilon aboard the ISS Deus Volt in the Antioch System.

Image: Deus Volt CEO / full time model Pilon aboard the ISS Deus Volt in the Antioch System.

Megastructure investment shares have dropped sharply on the Space Exchange Index (SExI).

Consumer watchdogs are also warning energy prices may spike if Deus Volt undergoes regulatory action, as it remains the galaxy's sole energy provider following the collapse of its main rival, DySun, last year.

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