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The Gang Gets Chased By a Missile

The crew of the Sumo get offered a very well paying job from Alpha (space Google) to service their telescope and science station orbiting the dark side of the moon. The whole thing feels like a publicity stunt to use the crew’s recent fame in the news to promote their philanthropy. On the way there the crew work on various home-made weapons and tools to help deal with any hostile drones they might encounter in the future.

Shortly after arriving at the science station and beginning work, a small drone emerged from the station and started heading towards the Sumo. Acting fast, Captain Ron was able to get one of the ships new home-made “drone interceptors” launched in time while ordering everyone back to the ship. The interceptor was able to latch onto the incoming drone, but its magnetic weapon did not work. While the two drones grappled, Manny changed course and joined in the fight to help disable the enemy drone. Manny was able to tackle the drone and fire his weapon into its main thruster, disabling it. After the drone was successfully disabled, George and Steve came out with a mobile workshop and dissected the drone and made sure it was totally neutralized. The drone was then strapped to the outside of the ship for transport to the authorities. While trying to contact their employers or the authorities it became apparent the whole dark side of the moon was experiencing communications failure.

When the ship began to move away from the area, a missile was launched from somewhere on the moon and was rapidly gaining on the Sumo. Out from the moon’s shadow, the crew were able to contact the authorities and ask for assistance, but no military vessels were close enough to intercept before the missile would catch up. The crew frantically attempted to construct counter-measures by crudely turning their anti-drone interceptors into missile interceptors, but they were told the missile’s countermeasures were far too advanced to be destroyed that way. Eventually the US military authorities worked out a possible solution: sling shot around the moon towards L4 where a European Federation ship would be close enough to attempt to destroy the missile in time. While the two governments quickly coordinated the Sumo tried their countermeasures which failed as predicted. The Federation quickly agreed to render aid and the Sumo used most of its remaining fuel for a full burn to head towards L4. The missile was successfully destroyed by the Federation vessel and a tug was dispatched to assist the now helpless Sumo and bring it in for docking at the nearest colony.

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