Search, Transmit, and Recovery Module for Astronautic Programs

Project S.T.A.R.M.A.P.

Welcome brave explorers and problem solvers to N.E.A.R., the Nexteer Engineering Astronautics Research Division. Long has our parent company, Nexteer Automotive, equipped those who heed the call for terrestrial adventure with the best solutions to explore this wide and wonderful world. At N.E.A.R., we aim to provide the same support and solutions for the brave few who have taken to the final frontier and assist them in humanity’s next great work:
Bringing the stars a little bit closer…

Just as the great explorers of the past needed a robust supply pack, a collection of good maps, and a trusty compass, this next generation will need to be equipped with the tools and procedures to safely support their own exciting new adventurers. Introducing project S.T.A.R.M.A.P., the Search, Transmit, and Recovery Module for Astronautic Programs. With your help, it is our goal to provide every group of brave explorers with the tools and resources they need to safely delve into that great ocean of stars.

When the worst-case scenario arises, explorers armed with our S.T.A.R.M.A.P. will be equipped with a set of procedures to gain valuable information about their surroundings, communication protocols to reach out to rescue teams, and tools that they can rely on to ensure that their recovery is rapid and assured. As with every great navigator who sets out to explore beyond the horizon, our explorers will need a reliable tool to plot the way home. Every S.T.A.R.M.A.P. will ship with its own Compass, a Computation Assistant for Search and Survey, the best assistant an astral navigator could ask for. This automated assistant will aid in collecting environmental data and secure the essential astronomical and meteorological information needed to guide dispatched recovery crews.

Our engineers have spent countless hours designing, testing, and perfecting the various components of our S.T.A.R.M.A.P. project. However, even the finest instruments are wasted without the guiding procedures to put them to good use. This is where N.E.A.R. needs you, our newest and brightest minds, to develop and test the recovery protocols that will allow our wayward explorers to utilize these tools and facilitate their own recovery. There are currently four remaining recovery problems, divided into phases, which need to be solved:

Phase 1: Temperature and Humidity Sensor Offset Calibration
Utilizing components from the S.T.A.R.M.A.P tool kit, our potential castaways must measure ambient meteorological conditions and cross-check these measurements with their remote Compass. Atmospheric readings are essential not only in the planning of a safe and controlled rescue mission but also in identifying the crew’s potential location within the climate landscape of the planet.

Phase 2: Time zone Detection
As with all navigators since ancient times, one of the greatest resources the crew had to determine their location was their relationship with the sun. The crew will need to use materials on hand to determine the difference between their local time and the global constant. Knowing their local time zone is not only essential to planning for nightfall and the challenges it brings but is a powerful tool used in defining their location on the planet.

Phase 3: Compass Calibration
Although their Compass unit will prove essential in rescue efforts, their local control of the unit needs to be calibrated to ensure accurate and precise instructions can be provided. Only once sufficient calibration is achieved can the Compass aid in the transmission of important locational data to the crew.
Phase 4: Remote Star Chart Acquisition and Validation
While our planetary castaways will have access to astrometric data from mission control via the provided receiver, cosmic radiation will necessitate the creation of a two-way handshake to ensure accurate information can be provided. Once the connection is validated, the final crucial piece of locational data can be acquired.