Okay, here's my character....player:
Wing Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) Amber Louise Cotter RAAFNationality:
Mission CommanderSpecific skills:
Was on the previous Mars mission as a pilot, has commanded her own fighter wing, saw action in Indonesia during the Oil Wars.Height:
78 kgEye Colour:
Tattoo on left shoulder of a red kangaroo inside a blue circle. Appendectomy scar lower right abdomen, hysterectomy scar across centre of abdomen, long scar down inside of right thigh.Likes:
Flying, giving orders, women, adventure, seeing things through, winning, playing.Dislikes:
Men, loosing, idiots with stars on their shoulders, time wasters, boredom.Psych profile/personality:
WGCDR Cotter is a career officer of the best kind. She has thirty years service to the Royal Australian Air Force, having joined straight from school. She is a determined individual with a great deal of stamina and resolve. She likes to see things through and is always annoyed if ordered to abort a mission. Her one weakness seems to be that she does not suffer fools gladly, which may be an advantage when dealing with subordinates, but when dealing with her superiors and with civilians has tended to give her a reputation for outspokenness. Cotter is not recommended for promotion to flag rank.History:
Louise Cotter joined the RAAF straight from school, in the middle of the Second Indonesian Oil War. She saw action almost straight away, flying several bombing missions and low-level ground support missions. When the war ended a year later, Cotter had already earned promotion to Flight Lieutenant and had Ace status, having shot down three enemy aircraft in spite of flying a ground attack aircraft.
She was one of a number of war heroes considered for the 2091 Manned Mars Mission 3. She was surprised and overjoyed when she was selected as one of the mission's pilots. At 21, she left earth for the first time. When the mission was aborted following the deaths of several of her colleagues in a dust storm, she resolved to go back by whatever means necessary. Cotter was herself injured during 3M3. She was co-driver on the ground vehicle that crashed into a crevice in the surface that had previously been filled with hard-packed sand but was scoured out by the wind. The hole in the ground was rendered invisible by the swirling dust.
The fatalities were all caused by poor suit discipline, anoxia being the cause of death in all cases. Cotter was one of the few survivors of the crash. She suffered severe frostbite in her right leg but the low temperature prevented her from loosing too much blood through the rip in her suit leg. In fact she was lucky not to loose the leg altogether.
On her return to earth, she refused a medical discharge and insisted that like Douglas Bader, she would fly again. She achieved this ambition a year later, just in time for the outbreak of Oil War 3. This time she was given a fighter squadron of her own, and this time she achieved double-ace status.
By the end of the war, she was promoted to Wing Commander. This was the highest she ever got, because while in war time she was a great pilot and a great leader, in peacetime she was considered something of a liability.
When the call went out for someone with experience and rank to lead the first Mars Colony Mission, Cotter was the logical choice. Sending her to Mars solved the RAAF's dilemma of what to do with an ageing wing commander who flatly refused to retire early, but whom they could not promote due to her attitude. The RAAF even agreed to pay MarsCorp a portion of the transport costs. As none of the other candidates had this level of sponsorship, Cottor was selected, much to the annoyance of the Americans.Other info:
Pic base is Carey Lowell in case anyone is interested.
Sigourney Weaver has brown eyes...
I quite like your alternative suggestion regarding the pay system. I think well go with that. I will admit I was struggling to come up with something realistic and practical.
No one would be sending ships to Mars to collect the goods - I have a stupendous idea in that respect...
@Atlas - how would you like to pilot the Phobos Shuttle?
My idea is this. We have an orbital shuttle craft that has enough fuel for four or five trips to orbit and back with a full payload. Before they leave orbit, the crew of the MCM-1 set up a mass driver on Phobos. This mass driver can be loaded up with canisters containing the ore and any other products and then they are fired towards the Earth on a long spiral-orbital trajectory. Each MD-Can obviously has a radio transponder on it, and as they approach Earth they are tracked and hauled down by space tugs.
Empty canisters can be returned on the next scheduled flight.
It's either that or (my original plan) everything waits for the MCM-2 to arrive, and the second colony ship doesn't return empty (we hope).