November 25th 2020
Hey haulers, Craig Burton here, and I hope you’re ready to celebrate my favorite time of year. That’s right, we have a special Intergalactic Aerospace Expo edition of Clean Shot for you today. I’m coming to you from microTech, where the temperatures outside will turn you to ice but the ships and tech on display at the IAE will make you hot under the collar. I’ve spent the past few days wandering the massive halls of New Babbage’s Tobin Expo Center and I got a lot to share. I’ll tell you what’s been exciting, what’s been disappointing, and even speculate on rumors of a few surprises still to come.
First, let me address the biggest difference about this year’s event… Skinny isn’t with me. For the first time since we started this show, we’re not enjoying the IAE together. Feels strange to walk around without having to stop every few minutes to figure out where he disappeared to. Man’s like a moth to the flame. Give a ship a colorful paint job or promise that some component is more powerful than ever and Skinny’s got to give it a gander. Anyways, just ‘cause Skinny’s not with me doesn’t mean he isn’t also enjoying the IAE. He’s actually attending the main event on Severus so we can compare and contrast the two versions of the expo for an upcoming episode. We’ve already sent several comms back and forth and, let me tell you, he’s got some strong opinions about the new quad-cell thermic release system Lightning Power is putting in their new coolers. He even sent us a vid about it, so be sure to stick around to catch that later in the show.
But I’m getting off track. My daddy would’ve said I was talking about the trees instead of focusing on the forest. Joining us now is someone so busy I’m surprised she has time to eat or sleep, let alone talk to us. Wendy Yue works for the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo and is in charge of the microTech satellite event. Really appreciate you taking the time to come on Clean Shot.
He’ll be tickled pink to hear that. What are you flying these days? And, as I say that, I realize it might be a tough question to answer considering your position.
That’s one beautiful ship.
Well, as much as I’d love to discuss what you like about each ship, we really should discuss this year’s event on microTech.
Definitely bigger and better than the previous IAE satellite events I’ve attended. The Tobin Expo Center is an incredible spot for this. Only complaint so far is that I nearly had a heart attack yesterday.
I was in the Zenith Hall when it was shut down due to the security concern.
Not your fault, and I must say your staff resolved the situation quickly and professionally. Believe everything was back to normal in under ten minutes.
Believed they’re called WowBlast.
Like I said, I saw the entire thing go down. Guess one of the attendees in the hall wasn’t familiar with the toy or maybe wasn’t used to being in an Armistice Zone, thought it was a real attack and triggered a security alert. Once security figured out what was going on, I felt bad for the fellow. Even with proper security protocols in place, when a group of folks dressed in their damn armor tactically sweep through a room with their arms raised like they’re ready to fire, I bet it felt pretty scary for someone not used to it.
A few heart palpitations aside, I’ve been incredibly impressed with the expo so far. This is the first one you’ve been in charge of, right?
Skinny’s actually at the main event.
Yes and no. Guess he had a helluva time getting into the system because of backed-up jump lanes.
Skinny says this year’s event is busier than ever, and we’ve heard from haulers who claim it’s damn near impossible to make a delivery there right now unless you have a special IAE clearance that gets you to the front of the jump lane. Folks are missing delivery deadlines and losing credits because of these delays.
Do you believe the current two-tiered system is fair? One where IAE associated ships are getting priority access to Kiel at the expense of slowing down travel for everyone else?
Has the IAE ever considered creating more satellite events to spread this demand across even more systems?
Planets in the Stanton system sure don’t seem to mind.
So where’s next year’s satellite event gonna be?
Hey, I had to ask. Always helps to book a hotel as early as possible. Primo locations fill up fast.
Wouldn’t miss it for anything. Love this event. And I want to talk to you about what we can expect during the last few days, but first, we need to take a quick commercial break. I’ll be back with a vid from Skinny and more from Wendy Yue of the IAE right after this.