Anchoring.03 – Odd configuration and washed-out planets

While I had a basic idea, I do some research into what I need to do to get the Azbel operational. Once in place, the only way this thing is likely to be removed would be via an explosion, so I need to get it right.

There were four items to tick off.

. Fit, Ammo & Fuel

It takes 2 minutes to work out the fit for the Azbel. I use the Astrahus fit, minus a low slot (one less Standup Ballistic Control System) and minus a mid-slot (dropping the Standup Cap Battery). The effort put into understanding the fitting options for the Raitaru pays off.

I already have everything required for the fit, plus some ammo, fighters and starting fuel. I had gathered all that for the Astrahus. I spend another billion ISK to get the fuel supply to cover one year, paying 5% over Jita prices but picking it up locally.


. Configure a Structure Profile

The settings for a structure are applied through a Profile. This covers docking rights, who can control it, Corporation Offices, Clone Bays, Industry Tasks, Market, Navigation and Reprocessing.  A structure can have one profile, but you can use the same profile for multiple structures.

Most of the setting have two attributes – who can access, and how much it costs.

I seem to remember back when I lived in Providence that Null Sec Station owners could charge people a fee to dock, based on the volume of the ship. That no longer appears to be the case.

You seem to be able to configure different taxes and fees for any plausible service you can install on a structure.

There is a default profile created for the corporation anchoring the structure, giving full access and zero fees to it. As my corporation is only made up of me and my alts, this will suffice for now.


. Configure Access Lists

An access list is a collection of characters, corporations and alliances, which you can then associate with individual attributes of a Structure profile.

Again, there is a default Access list just covering my own Corporation.

Technically I am good to go with the default access list and default structure profile.

Initially I don’t plan on allowing anyone else to access the structure. This is because the only service it will provide is a Research Lab, and I want to be able to offline that whenever I need too without inconveniencing any one else.

I did have a look around at how to set up access lists, but found one apparent glaring issue.

You can add an “Everyone” option.

You can add Alliances – which will supersede the Everyone settings.

You can add Corporations – which will supersede the Alliance settings.

You can add Characters – which will supersede the Corporation settings.

That way you can set docking and taxes at an individual level, which may be different to their Corporation or Alliance.

What seems to be missing – is you can not make any of these settings based on Corporation Standings. If you only allow Blues to dock, and you give a new corporation positive standing, you will also need to go and separately update your Access Lists. I’m not a fan of that.


. Deployment

If possible, I wanted to align the undocking bays of my Azbel with the main station I use in Akes and the two Star Gates. This would make it easy to undock and quickly warp away. Looking carefully at the system map I could see this would be possible from Planet V.

There was already a low power Raitaru anchored in that position, and no other moons or planets aligned behind it. I checked all my available bookmarks and the Cosmic Signatures in system in case there was a better option, but Planet V seemed to be it.

I could just fly 1,000km from the Raitaru and anchor mine, but there was a problem. The planet was one of the amorphous blobs which had no features when you were warped at 0. It was just a brown circle. I didn’t want that as the background to my Structure.

So – using a cap stable Interceptor I had handy, I undocked from my main station, aligned myself between the station undock struts and above Planet V, and flew off into space for many (AKF) hours.  I went out of the house, came back, went out again, and waited until I had flown over the planet, and far enough away that it stopped being a brown blob and had some rings and surface details to see. There I bookmarked the location where I would anchor the Azbel.

I’m almost there – I have the Azbel loaded in a Freighter and I am ready to go.

When you anchor a structure in High Sec it takes 24 hours and 30 minutes. There is a tiny window of opportunity for someone to War Dec you in the first 30 minutes and be able to attack the unfitted and repairing structure at the end of the deployment.

The chances are slim – but I do some due diligence on the pilots currently in local. There are several members of one Corp that I don’t see here often. A quick check shows they never initiate a War Dec, BUT – they have one pending against them that will go live shortly.

I look at the Aggressors – who are familiar to me. It is a group that often War Dec’s corporations in the region, and does structure take downs. The next pilot I look at in local is the CEO of the attackers.

Better to be safe than sorry, so I wait another hour or so before everyone clears out and I can undock.