March 8th, 2552 Catch Me if you can
Tow Truck Driver/Lab Rat/mechanic’s apprentice/ – Katherine ‘ConV’ James Reporting
So – we’ve been able to confirm that the fleet made it to VV 271.1 but of course, what we’re seeing is not what they’re doing. In fact, I had just finished hauling my gear to the Twilight when the Pavane showed up on our doorstep.
I had enough time to unload before I suited up and headed out— it’s a good thing Cookie had me train for this suited because the Pavane had started to vent some of her containment and was starting to spin ever so slightly. As soon as she was in range Dancer shut down the engines and activated her beacon, not that I needed it at that point.
I had visual.
I brought the Gumbo up from underneath, catching her before she started another rotation and Dancer locked onto the grapple.
I hauled her in until the Pavane was properly braced and locked down on the back of the Gumbo and began hauling her to the Twilight.
We kept the chatter to a minimum until we were on the Twilight. I stuck around for Dancer’s report before I headed back to the landing bay and got to work on her ship. Aside from the leak, the Pavane was in great shape. I gathered the measuring equipment and turned them over to Fipps and then set to work on the leak – letting Cookie and Mac have a good look at her as I inspected the damage and got their approval on the work to be done.
By evening, the Pavane was primed and ready for her return flight – and I got my first look at the footage of Dancer’s landing VV 271.1 is a world of pristine beaches and lagoons as far as the eye can see.
No, I’m not jealous. Not one bit.
Dancer heads back tomorrow for the full landing – We rest while Fipps and the others go over all the reports and verify that we’re good to go.