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This article is about the Sunbeam. You may be looking for the Aurora or the Degasi.

The Sunbeam is a passing cargo ship captained by Avery Quinn that picked up the distress signal sent by the Aurora. It's significantly smaller than the Aurora, seating only six people.

The player will start receiving transmissions from Avery on board the Sunbeam via the radio some time after the player has started exploring the planet. The ship alerts the player to its imminent arrival, until it gives a forty-minute warning of its eventual landing on the Mountain Island. It will give the player a signal with the landing coordinates.

The Sunbeam's Failed Rescue

The Sunbeam had planned to land on the Mountain Island to rescue the player. However, before it was able to land, the Quarantine Enforcement Platform activates, weaponizing itself and shooting the Sunbeam down, as it did with the Aurora. As the Sunbeam is quite a bit smaller than the Aurora, which was relatively intact albeit heavily damaged with a massive amount of debris left behind, the Sunbeam is completely obliterated, its crew members are killed, and its debris rains down afterwards. No wreck of the Sunbeam can be found on the map.

However, if the player manages to disable the Quarantine Enforcement Platform before the Sunbeam arrives, Avery Quinn will inform them that they cannot attempt a landing due to large amounts of debris orbiting the planet. Despite the Sunbeam and its crew surviving, their attempt to rescue the player still fails.

Audio

When the countdown for the Sunbeam's arrival ends, the Player will receive one of three messages, depending on their location and actions:

Version 1

If the Player is present at Mountain Island when the Sunbeam arrives, they will receive this message from their PDA:

Log-128 "PDA: Attention - Patching in a local broadcast from the Sunbeam."

"Avery Quinn: I don't believe it, there's someone down there! Aurora survivor, we have your PDA signature! I don't know how you walked away from that wreck, let alone survived since then, but we'll be happy to bring you onboard and hightail back to federation space. Stand back, we're approaching the landing site now. Breaking atmosphere in 5... 4... 3...- What is that? No the RED spike. From the planet?!"

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Version 2

If the player is not present at Mountain Island during the arrival of the Sunbeam, they will receive this message from their PDA instead:

Log-128 "PDA: Picking up orbital transponder signature of trading vessel Sunbeam. Vessel is approaching planet surface and initiating surface scanning procedures. Detecting massive power surge from anomalous contact. Energy discharge detected. Vessel signature lost."
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Version 3

If the player disables the Quarantine Enforcement Platform before the Sunbeam's arrival, this message will be received instead:

Log-128 "Aurora survivors, this is trading ship Sunbeam. We've tracked your distress signal, but your ship's left a giant debris field up in orbit, we can't attempt a landing. We're gonna have to head home. We'll send our data to Alterra as soon as we can. Hold on in there. Sunbeam, out."
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Trivia

  • The Sunbeam destruction event can be viewed by typing precursorgunaim into the console.
  • The original dialogue that played when the player was not present at Mountain Island describes the Sunbeam as a "Bulldog Class" vessel.