The following terms are found in the Flight Plan and Nostromo Crew Files.
Acheron The planetoid on which the Nostromo set down to investigate an unknown transmission. (See LV-426.)
Adowa Scout ship owned and operated by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Payne.
alcoholism A broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems.
Antarctica Traffic Control An interplanetary traffic monitoring authority in 2122, similar to air and vessel traffic control for aircraft and marine vessels. Typical ITM systems use radar, automatic identification systems, and both short- and long-range UHF/VHF/HF hyperstate sensors to track commercial vessel movements and provide navigational safety within established trade routes.
Archangel (UAS) A troop carrier commanded by Captain Dallas. Destroyed in 2109 during a peace-keeping operation on Thedus.
Archbold Captain. The commander of the commercial cargo vessel USCSS Kurtz.
archeological dig The exposure, processing and recording of archaeological remains, conducted by scientists and other cultural specialists.
Ash, (NFN, NMI) The science officer of the USCSS Nostromo. No further enhancement. WY/SEC REF#: 0201/BG/E9.
Assistant Engineer A licensed member of the engineering department on a merchant vessel. Responsible for supervising the daily maintenance and operation of the engine department. Reports directly to the chief engineer.
Assistant Engineering Tech A fully licensed junior Engineering Tech who accompanies long-haul space vehicle flights, and who relieve the primary Engineering Tech during designated portions of the flight to provide them with rest or sleep breaks.
Assistant Navigator A fully licensed junior Navigator who accompanies long-haul space vehicle flights, and who relieve the primary Navigator during designated portions of the flight to provide them with rest or sleep breaks.
Astro-Cartography Dept. The division or Ridton Corporation concerned with mapping stars, galaxies, and other astronomical objects on the celestial sphere.
Baines Major. The commander of the military fast attack vessel, UAS Leviathan.
blood alcohol test A blood alcohol test measures the amount of alcohol (ethanol) in the body. Transportation safety authorities recommend setting the legal definition of intoxication as the point when the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds 0.08 (which is equivalent to 80 mg/dL).
Borehamwood A town in Southern Herfordshire (Herts), London. Borehamwood experiences an oceanic climate much like most of the UK. The average annual high is 59 °F (15 °C) and the annual low 50 °F (10 °C), with average precipitation around 22 inches (566 mm). Perhaps most well known for its film and TV studios, commonly known as Elstree Studios.
brain damage An injury that causes the destruction or deterioration of brain cells. The severity of brain damage can vary with the type of brain injury. A mild brain injury may be temporary. It causes headaches, confusion, memory problems, and nausea. In a moderate brain injury, symptoms can last longer and be more pronounced. In both cases, most patients make a good recovery, although even in mild brain injury 15% of people will have persistent problems after one year. With a severe brain injury, the person may suffer life-changing and debilitating problems. He or she will have cognitive, behavioral, and physical disabilities. Behavioral/emotional symptoms of brain damage include: irritability and impatience; reduced tolerance for stress; sluggishness; flattened or heightened emotions or reactions; denial of disability, or increased aggressiveness.
Brett, S. E. The engineering tech of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. Born on July 13, 2069, in Houston, Texas, UA.
Britten Captain. Commander of the military cargo vessel, UTX Ganymede.
Bryce-Watkins Medical University A tertiary educational institution in the UK awarding doctorates to clinicians who have undertaken an extended period of scientific research.
Captain A high-grade licensed officer in ultimate command of a merchant or military vessel. Responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including: ship’s seaworthiness, ship’s safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws, as well as company and flag state policies.
cerebral detoxification A specialized process of safely managing withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking drugs or alcohol. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be severe; sudden withdrawal can cause brain damage, seizures, heart palpitations, and other effects that can result in hospitalization or death. A medical team screens incoming patients for physical and mental health issues and doctors use blood tests to measure the amount of drugs in the patient’s system to determine the level of medication needed. The patient is then stabilized with medical and psychological therapy to prevent any form of harm to them. Doctors can prescribe addiction treatment medication to prevent complications and reduce withdrawal symptoms. The process of any detoxification (detox) can be painful and dangerous. Detox with medical supervision allows patients to detox in a safe and comfortable environment.
Chapman, Xander Director of the Astro-Cartography department at Ridton Corp. and one-time spouse of J. M. Lambert.
Chief Engineer A licensed member in charge of the engineering department on a merchant vessel. Responsible for the mechanical propulsion of a vessel and all operations and maintenance of all engineering equipment throughout the entire ship.
Chief Mechanic The individual responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all mechanical equipment at a UAORD duty station, and for managing the mechanics team.
civil lawsuit The court-based process through which Person A can seek to hold Person B liable for some type of wrong. Usually, if Person A is successful, he or she will be awarded compensation for the harm that resulted from Person B’s action or inaction. (Note: civil lawsuits can also be brought by and against businesses and other entities). A civil lawsuit can be brought over a contract dispute, a residential eviction after a broken lease, injuries sustained in a car accident, or countless other harms or disputes. Unlike a criminal case, which is looking to punish the wrongdoer for a crime, a civil case is meant to compensate the victim.
colonial transport vessel A spacecraft carrying passengers or cargo
commercial cargo vehicle/vessel A space vehicle that transports cargo or carries passengers for hire.
Communications Officer A flight deck position common on commercial and military vehicles. Responsible for the routine operation of all onboard communication equipment.
Concentration Camp GR-161 An internment camp on Torin Prime for captured UAORD soldiers and other prisoners of war.
Corazon Oscuro (USCSS) A waste disposal vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Speight.
Corporal A low-ranking noncommissioned officer (NCO) in the UAORD, in particular an NCO ranking above private first class and below sergeant.
DAC racing circuit With its roots in Formula One World Championship auto racing, DAC is a permanent circuit that hosts the highest class of high-speed terrafoil racing sanctioned by the Fédération Interplanétaire de l’Automobile.
Dallas, A. J. The captain of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. Born on February 27, 2076, in Wolf Point, Montana, UA.
decompression accident The unplanned drop in the pressure of a sealed system, such as a spacecraft cabin, causing the pressure vessel to vent into its lower-pressure surroundings or fail to pressurize at all. Survival is possible for up to 90 seconds, though consciousness is normally lost in 9 to 11 seconds.
dishonorable discharge A military discharge handed down for an offense the military considers the most reprehensible conduct. This type of discharge may be rendered only by conviction at a general court-martial for serious offenses (e.g., desertion, sexual assault, murder, etc.) that call for dishonorable discharge as part of the sentence.
drug-inflicted embolism The sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (artery) in the lung, usually by a blood clot, due to the abuse of opioid drugs. In most cases, the clots are small and are not deadly, but they can damage the lung. But if the clot is large and stops blood flow to the lung, it can be deadly.
Drydock Bravo A facility, owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation, used for the construction, maintenance, and repair of space vehicles on Thedus. The last stop made by Nostromo before setting down on the planetoid.
E-Z-FLY Spacecraft Repair A maintenance and repair business operated in Houston, Texas, UA by the family of S. E. Brett.
Earth The center of all human activities in the Earth Vicinity region, as well as the Outer Rim Territories. As of 2087, there were 14 Earth colonies on planets of other systems in Earth Vicinity space, with none beyond.
Earth Vicinity The spheroid region of space centered on Earth, 32 light years in diameter and 16.3 light years in radius, containing approximately 4,000 planets. As of 2087, settlements had been established in 37 star systems, among these Aldebaran, Alpha Centauri, Altair, 61 Cygni, and Sirius.
Eldorado Exploring Expedition The excavation team overseeing the UK/EU archeological dig on Konor Minor.
Eliot Captain. The commander of the Weylan-Yutani Corporation cargo vessel USCSS Sephoria.
emergency escape vehicle (EEV) An auxiliary spacecraft carried for emergency evacuation in the event of a disaster aboard a space ship. An EEV can be configured in may ways, either for crew who are awake or in cryosleep pods. Minimum requirements, per interplanetary safety regulations are as follows:
- Crew: 3
- Crew cabin volume: 218 cu ft (6.2 m3) living space, pressurized 366 cu ft (10.4 m3)
- Length: 11.4 ft (3.5 m)
- Diameter: 12.8 ft (3.9 m)
- Mass: 12,250 lb (5,560 kg)
- Structure mass: 3,450 lb (1,560 kg)
- Heat shield mass: 1,870 lb (850 kg)
- RCS engine mass: twelve x 73.3 lb (33.2 kg)
- Recovery equipment mass: 540 lb (240 kg)
- Navigation equipment mass: 1,110 lb (500 kg)
- Telemetry equipment mass: 440 lb (200 kg)
- Electrical equipment mass: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
- Communications systems mass: 220 lb (100 kg)
- Crew couches and provisions mass: 1,200 lb (540 kg)
- Environmental Control System mass: 440 lb (200 kg)
- Misc. contingency mass: 440 lb (200 kg)
- RCS: twelve 93 lbf (410 N) thrusters, firing in pairs
- RCS propellants: MMH/N2O4RCS propellant mass: 270 lb (120 kg)
- thrust: 15.83 kN
- propellant: nitrous oxide/amine
- specific impulse: 266 s
- delta v: 155 m/s
- Drinking water capacity: 33 lb (15 kg)
- Waste water capacity: 58 lb (26 kg)
- CO2 scrubber: lithium hydroxide
- Odor absorber: activated charcoal
- Electric system batteries: three 40 ampere-hour silver-zinc batteries; two 0.75 ampere-hour silver-zinc pyrotechnic batteries
- Parachutes: two 16 feet (4.9 m) conical ribbon drogue parachutes; three 7.2 feet (2.2 m) ringshot pilot parachutes; three 83.5 feet (25.5 m) ringsail main parachutes. (Used in the event retro-rockets are inoperative.)
Engineering Technician A licensed member primarily trained in the skills and techniques related to a specific branch of engineering, with a practical understanding of general fundamental engineering concepts. Engineering technicians often assist engineers and technologists in projects and research and development. An engineering technician sits between a skilled craft worker and a Technologist.
Erebus A shuttle craft owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation, site of a hostage crisis in 2115 involving 49 passengers and crew and eight terrorists.
European Union (EU) An economic and political union whose beginnings were created in the aftermath of the Second World War. Some of its citizens claimed dual citizenship with their home states.
Evansbrook Academy An undergraduate, bachelor’s degree-granting institution, whose student population is composed exclusively or almost exclusively of women. Offers programs in ethics, law, and corporate affairs.
Executive Officer (XO) As the next ranking line officer aboard ship after the Captain, the XO is the direct representative of the commanding officer in maintaining the general efficiency of the ship. With the assistance of the heads of departments, the XO is responsible for arranging and coordinating all ship’s work, drills, exercises, personnel organization, and the policing and inspection of the ship.
Farside Lunar Mining A company which explores a diverse range of mineral projects on Luna.
First Officer A licensed member and head of the deck department of a merchant ship. Responsible to the Captain for the safety and security of the ship. Responsibilities include the crew’s welfare and training in areas such as safety, firefighting, search and rescue.
Flight (FLT) One of four categories used to rate flight crew status. Example ratings: “AA”, “A”, “AB”, “B” (Probationary), “BC”, “C”, and “CC” (Trainee). (See SEC, MEN, and PHY.)
flight plan A written statement of the details of an intended flight, usually filed with an authority.
freelancing A term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term.
Ganymede (UTX) A military cargo vessel commanded by Captain Britten.
gender The state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). Traditionally classed as “natural”.
Gunning Foss Military School An educational institution in the UK which prepares candidates in a military environment for service in the officer corps.
Harbormaster The official responsible for enforcing the regulations of a particular harbor or port, in order to ensure the safety of navigation, the security of the harbor and the correct operation of the port facilities.
hardware specialist A computer hardware technician who maintains and repairs computers and computer systems.
heavy land transport A motor vehicle that is constructed primarily for the carriage of goods with a gross vehicle mass that exceeds 13 tons.
Herfordshire (Herts) A county in southern England. The county’s landmarks span many centuries, ranging from the Six Hills in the new town of Stevenage built by local inhabitants during the Roman period, to Leavesden Film Studios.
Hessutt, Lordan Executive Officer of the Ridton Corp. salvage vessel Leggatt. One-time spouse of J. M. Lambert.
high-speed cargo vehicle Designed to transport a payload of 3,300 lbs. (1,496 kg). Powered by two 250 hp 6 cylinder turbo diesel engines, it is capable of highway speeds. Each engine independently powers a drive line allowing, front, rear or all wheel drive on demand.
honorable discharge To receive an honorable discharge, a service member must have received a rating from good to excellent for their service. Service members may receive an honorable discharge under two circumstances: 1.) When separated because of a disability incurred in the line of duty; or 2.) When awarded for gallantry in action, heroism, or other meritorious service.
Horizon Beyond officer training program A post-graduate recruitment program offered by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation. This rigorous, 18-month program is organized into phases designed to challenge the trainee both mentally and physically. Throughout the course of the program, the skills and confidence needed to lead the men and women of the Weylan-Yutani Corporation’s space-bound interests are developed.
Houston The most populous city in the state of Texas, United Americas, and its fourth-most populous city. Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Nicknamed the “Space City”, it is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. Houston’s climate is classified as humid subtropical. Prevailing winds are from the south and southeast during most of the year, which bring heat and moisture from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. During the summer, temperatures commonly reach over 90 °F (32 °C); humidity usually yields a higher heat index. Summer mornings average over 90% relative humidity. Although sea breezes are present, they don’t offer substantial relief. To cope with the strong humidity and heat, people use air conditioning in nearly every vehicle and building. Houston has mild winters: in January, the normal mean temperature is 53.1 °F (11.7 °C). Snowfall is rare. Rainfall averages about 49.77 inches (1,264 mm) per year.
Houston School of Astrophysics and Interstellar Engineering A post-secondary educational institution offering undergraduate degree programs in astrophysics or interstellar engineering, or mechanical engineering with a focus on interstellar engineering.
Infinity A pleasure cruiser, owned and operated by Red Star Lines, that travels the Mars-Orion route.
Iranistan The Middle-eastern country created through the union of Iran and Pakistan.
Ivey Captain. The commander of the Ridton Corp. deep-sea vessel Ozymandias.
J’har Rebels Fomented rebellion on Torin Prime against United Americas interests there in 2107. Established concentration camps for captured UAORD soldiers and other prisoners of war. The rebels were defeated in 2108.
Joshua Captain. The commander of the civilian cargo vessel TheVidar.
Junior Warrant Officer A junior officer whose primary focus is becoming proficient and working on those systems linked directly to their area of concentration or occupational specialty.
Kahn Captain. The commander of the USCSS Kenamor, a salvage vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Kane, G. W. The executive officer of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. Born on April 20, 2083, in Borehamwood/Herts, UK/EU.
Keeney Captain. The commander of the USCSS Nonnabo, a commercial cargo vehicle owned by Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Kellerat (LB-329) Location of a decompression accident that resulted in the death of Dr. Elizabeth Monygham.
Kenamor (USCSS) A salvage vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Kahn.
Konor Minor Site of a UK/EU archeological dig, under the direction of the Eldorado Exploring Expedition.
Kurtz (USCSS) A commercial cargo vessel commanded by under Captain Archbold.
Lambert, J. M. The navigator of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. Born on November 7, 2093, in Ontario, Canada, UA.
Leggatt A salvage vessel owned and operated by the Ridton Corp. and commanded by Captain Leigh.
Leigh Captain. The commander of the Leggatt, a salvage vessel owned by the Ridton Corp.
Leviathan (UAS) A fast attack vessel commanded by Major Baines.
Liberation of Torin Prime The coordinated UAORD-led military action that defeated the J’har Rebels and freed their prisoners of war.
Liberty Echo A duty station in the UAORD.
Lieutenant The officer in charge of the deck department on a commercial or military vehicle.
Luna The state established on the Earth’s moon and member of the UA. Its largest cities are Olympia and Plymouth.
LV-426 The official designation of the planetoid, located in the Zeta 2 Reticuli star system, on which Nostromo set down.
Mars-Orion route An established space lane used by pleasure cruisers.
Masters of Engineering The minimal educational standard required to become a chartered engineer.
maternity leave A temporary period of absence from employment granted to expectant or new mothers during the months immediately before and after childbirth. These policies are generally aimed at supporting the mother’s full recovery from childbirth and facilitating a stronger mother-child bond. This mechanism has gained greater salience as mothers increasingly enter the workforce. Maternity leave policies are typically directed by legislation and includes a provision mandating unpaid leave annually (12 weeks, in some jurisdictions) for mothers of newborn or newly adopted children. This policy is characterized, in some industrialized countries, by its relative scarcity of benefits, in terms of the short length of protected maternity leave and not offering some form of wage compensation for the leave of absence. Note: to address the broader needs of employees, legislation also mandates that employers offer “parental leave”, which generally includes maternity, paternity, and adoption leave. A distinction between “maternity leave” and “parental leave” is sometimes made: maternity leave as the mother’s leave time directly before and after childbirth and parental leave being the time given to care for newborns or young children. Private employers sometimes provider either or both unpaid and paid parental leave outside of or in addition to any legal mandate, while others reserve the right to meet the minimal legal obligation.
medicinal cargo operations The activity of moving medical shipments onto and off ships, planes, or trucks.
Medscan Common nomenclature for medical records, usually followed by a certification number for reference to specific events.
Mental (MEN) One of four categories used to rate flight crew status. Example ratings: “AA”, “A”, “AB”, “B”, “BC”, “C”. (See FLT, SEC, and PHY.)
Mercerton Flight Academy A post-secondary educational institution for the training of pilots and flying instructors.
Mexcorp A corporation that specializes in medical supply distribution. Reputedly engaged in the illegal trade of bulk prescription medications at a discount to individuals in markets with higher set prices.
MissionAnalyst The crew member of a science or other expeditionary space vehicle who is assigned primary responsibility for performance assessments and system effectiveness analyses related to the goals of the operation.
Monygham, Elisabeth A specialist in archaeological fieldwork, she was married to G. W. Kane on June 17, 2114. She died in a decompression accident on Kellerat (LB-329) on Jun 9, 2115.
Mortenson Captain. The commander of the USCSS Otago, a commercial cargo vehicle owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Navigator The person on board a ship or aircraft responsible for its navigation. The navigator’s primary responsibility is to be aware of ship position at all times. Responsibilities include planning the journey, advising the ship’s captain of estimated timing to destinations while en route, and ensuring hazards are avoided. The navigator is in charge of maintaining the ship’s nautical charts, nautical publications, and navigational equipment. With the advent of Galactic Positioning System (GPS), the effort required to accurately determine one’s position has decreased by orders of magnitude, so the entire field has experienced a revolutionary transition since the mid-21st Century, with traditional navigation tasks being used less frequently.
Navigator/Communications Officer A combination flight deck position common on commercial and military vehicles with smaller crews. Responsible both for planning the journey, advising the ship’s captain of estimated timing to destinations while en route, and ensuring hazards are avoided, as well as the routine operation of all onboard communication equipment.
Navigator/Pilot A dual flight deck position common on smaller commercial and military vehicles with smaller crews. Responsible both for planning the journey, advising the ship’s captain of estimated timing to destinations while en route, and ensuring hazards are avoided, as well as controlling the flight of the spacecraft by operating its computer-assisted directional flight controls.
New Ontario University A post-secondary educational institution located in Northern Ontario, offering a master’s degree program in astro-cartography.
Nonnabo (USCSS) A commercial cargo vehicle owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Keeney.
Nostromo (USCSS) A commercial towing vehicle owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain A. J. Dallas.
officer shuttle An auxiliary space craft used to convey officers and other dignitaries between locations of their choice or assignment.
Olympia A city within the state of Luna.
Ontario One of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, it is home to the nation’s capital city, Ottawa, and the nation’s most populous city, Toronto. The climate of Ontario varies by season and location and is affected by three air sources: cold, dry, arctic air from the north; Pacific polar air crossing in from the western Canadian Prairies/US Northern Plains; and warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. In general, most of Ontario’s climate is classified as humid continental. Member of the UA.
Osaka A designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan by daytime population after Tokyo’s 23 wards and the third largest city by nighttime population after Tokyo’s 23 wards and Yokohama, serving as a major economic hub for the country.
Otago (USCSS) A commercial cargo vehicle owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Mortenson.
Outer Rim, The A line of demarcation 54 light years from Earth, and approximately 108 light years in diameter.
Outer Rim Territories Also known as “The Outer”, or simply “The Outer Rim”. The spherical volume between Earth Vicinity (16.3 light years from Earth) and The Outer Rim, a line of demarcation 54 light years from Earth, and approximately 108 light years in diameter. The region contains 1,650 stars systems and over 20,000 planets, 46 which are Sol-types. As of 2087, colonies were established in the major star systems were Arcturus, Capella, Vega.
Ozymandias A deep-sea vessel owned by the Ridton Corp. and commanded by Captain Ivey.
Parker, J. T. The chief engineer of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. Born on February 4, 2080, in San Diego, California, UA.
Payne Captain. The commander of the Adowa, as scout ship owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Physical (PHY) One of four categories used to rate flight crew status. Example ratings: “AA”, “A”, “AB”, “B”, “BC”, “C”. (See FLT, SEC, and MEN.)
Pilot A licensed flight deck position on commercial and military vehicles. Controls the flight of an air or space craft by operating its computer-assisted directional flight controls.
pit mechanic One of up to 20 mechanics (depending on the circuit regulations) responsible for servicing vehicles that stop during a race for refueling, new tires, repairs, or mechanical adjustments. Pit mechanics have extensive practical experience in mechanical repair, with certified training from a professional racing academy.
pleasure cruiser Distinct from passenger ships, which are primarily concerned with transportation of their passengers, pleasure cruisers have a dual character: they are partly in the transportation business, and partly in the leisure entertainment business, a duality that carries down into the ships themselves, which have both a crew headed by the ship’s captain, and a hospitality staff headed by the equivalent of a hotel manager.
Plymouth City of the state of Luna. Home of the Farside Lunar Mining company.
prisoner of war (POW) A person, whether combatant or non-combatant, who is held in custody by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict.
Private The lowest enlisted rank in the UAORD.
quarantine facility An installation used for the prevention and spread of contagion. It functions by maintaining a lower pressure inside and filtering any air vented. It contains living and sleeping facilities as well as communications and houses affected individuals and medical staff and attendants for cleaning and cooking.
rank In the UAORD, merchant marine, and private services, includes that of Captain, Executive Officer, First Officer, Lieutenant, Mission Analyst.
Red Star Lines A company that operates cruise ships and markets cruises to the public along the Mars-Orion route.
Redd Captain. The commander of the HMS Sabretooth.
Ridton Corporation An interplanetary enterprise with interests in areas including the Middle East and London. Among Ridton’s activities, it operates deep-sea and space salvage operations as well as the production of medical and commercial goods and services.
Ridton Medical Facility A medical center offering inpatient treatment for alcohol rehabilitation lasting anywhere from 30 days to six months or longer. Located in London and owned and operated by the Ridton Corp.
Ripley, E. L. The warrant officer of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. Born on January 7, 2092, in Olympia, Luna, UA.
Rosendo Captain. The commander of the USCSS Sotillo, a cargo vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Sabretooth (HMS) A UK/EU colonial transport vessel commanded by Captain Redd.
salvage vessel A specialized vessel used to rescue ships in distress or that are inoperable due to damage or malfunction. Higher concentrations of the ships are found near zones with heavy shipping traffic or hazardous flight conditions.
San Diego A major city on the Pacific coast of California known for It is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. Average temperature is 70 °F (21 °C); rainfall, 9-13 inches (230-330 mm) annually.
San Diego School of Astro-Engineering A post-secondary educational institution offering undergraduate degree programs in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, or mechanical engineering with a focus on aerospace engineering.
Science Officer An officer with a Masters or Doctorate degree in physical, applied, or technical science, who serves as an advisor to senior officers or commanders on scientific issues that they have expertise in. Science officers are called upon to find solutions and to solve well-defined situations, as well as to find new and novel scientific answers to important problems. Science officers assigned to a space vehicle are flight-certified and often assist with landing and take-off procedures.
Security (SEC) One of four categories used to rate flight crew status. Example ratings: “AA”, “A”, “AB”, “B”, “BC”, “C”. (See FLT, MEN, and PHY.)
Sephoria (USCSS) A cargo vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Eliot.
Shipping Lane Trafficator A licensed specialist responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of traffic in a specific trade route control system. Usually stationed in free space, in orbit, or in planet-based traffic control stations, the specialist monitors the position, speed, and altitude of spacecraft in their assigned routes visually and by remote sensing apparatus, giving directions to pilots by radio. The position of shipping lane trafficator is one that requires highly specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities.
shuttle craft An auxiliary spacecraft, usually operable in atmosphere, used to transport cargo and passengers.
Skyfire Down Location of a UAORD installation.
Snark (USCSS) A salvage vessel commanded by Captain Van Shuyten.
solar energy plant A concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, or “solar thermal power station, that uses mirrors to concentrate the energy from the sun to drive traditional steam turbines or engines that create electricity. The thermal energy concentrated in a CSP plant can be stored and used to produce electricity when it is needed, day or night.
Solari Energy Corporation A commercial concentrating solar power plant located in Osaka, Japan.
Solomon Islands A sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in the Solomon Islands archipelago, from which it takes its name. The country’s capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The islands’ ocean-equatorial climate is extremely humid throughout the year, with a mean temperature of 79.7 °F (26.5 °C) and few extremes of temperature or weather. June through August is the cooler period. Though seasons are not pronounced, the northwesterly winds of November through April bring more frequent rainfall and occasional squalls or cyclones. The annual rainfall is about 120 inches (3,050 mm). The Solomon Islands are famous for its golden palm fringed beaches, blue waters, magnificent coral reefs and an amazing sea life. The USCSS Nostromo was registered in the country under a flag of convenience.
Sotillo (USCSS) A cargo vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation and commanded by Captain Rosendo.
Speedy Maxx A high-speed terrafoil racing team that travels the DAC racing circuit.
Speight Captain. The commander of the USCSS Corazon Oscuro, a waste disposal vessel owned by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Sunburst Medal of Honor The United Americas’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize UA military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor. The medal is normally awarded by the President of the United Americas in the name of the UA Congress.
terrafoil A high-speed hovercraft.
terrafoil racing Competitions between pilots of large terrafoils, high-speed air-cushioned vehicles sustained, guided, and controlled exclusively through the aerodynamic interaction of its terrafoils with the guideway.
Thedus A deep space mining facility established beyond the Outer Rim in the early 22nd Century by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation, and the point of departure for Nostromo on its return voyage to Earth.
therapeutic recuperation Specialized therapy services and programs to support rehabilitation, physical performance enhancement, and future injury prevention.
Titan The sixth moon of Saturn. It is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere. Frequently described as a planet-like moon, Titan is 50% larger than Luna Earth’s Moon and it is the second-largest moon in the Solar System, after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, and is larger than the smallest planet, Mercury, but not as massive. Discovered in 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, Titan is primarily composed of water ice and rocky material and is home to many heavy industries.
Torin Prime A planet in the Outer Rim Territories. Site of a rebellion as well as Concentration Camp GR-161.
Torin Prime Civil War An armed conflict between J’har Rebels and the UAORD, fought on Torin Prime from 2106 to 2108.
Tremolino A civilian cargo vessel purchased by A. J. Dallas for freelance cargo and transport ops throughout the Outer Rim Territories.
UAS A ship prefix used for military spacecraft.
underground black market A clandestine economy which has some aspect of illegality or is characterized by some form of non-compliant behavior with an institutional set of rules.
United Americas (UA) The political and economic union of South, Central and North Americas, founded in 2014.
United Americas Lightspeed Accelerator Threshold (UALAT) A government-funded research organization located on Neptune that operates one of the largest particle physics laboratory in the UA. The main function of UALAT is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research. In 2114, it had 2,500 staff members, and hosted some 12,000 fellows, associates, apprentices as well as visiting scientists and engineers representing 600 universities and research facilities.
United Americas Outer Rim Defense Fleet (UAORD) The space warfare service branch of the United Americas (UA) armed forces. The fleet has over 500,000 personnel on active duty, with 325 deployable combat vessels and over 4,000 operational spacecraft.
United Kingdom (UK) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe established in 1707. Member of the EU.
USCSS A ship prefix used for commercial spacecraft.
UTX A ship prefix used for military spacecraft.
Van Shuyten Captain. The commander of the salvage vessel USCSS Snark.
Vidar, The A civilian cargo vessel commanded by Captain Joshua.
war zone During wartime, a combat area in which the rights of neutrals are suspended, as such an area on the high seas, where ships flying a neutral flag are subject to attack.
Warrant Officer A technical specialist that serves in positions that require the authority of an officer. Assignments are repetitive in nature rather than offering the broadening experiences required as preparation for higher command. Compared with the occupational specialties of commissioned officers, those of warrant officers are more narrowly defined and more numerous.
Weatherly Private School An independent secondary school in the UK.
Wellington Academy A university offering normative university-level qualification taken by those wishing to become chartered engineers. Located in Suffolk, England.
Weylan Yutani Fusion Reactor Facility A thermal power station, owned by Weylan-Yutani and located on Titan. Its heat source is a nuclear fusion reactor. Heat from the reactor generates steam which drives turbines connected to electric generators which produce electricity.
Weylan-Yutani Corporation An interplanetary mega-corporation with financial interests that include shipping, mining, and weapons development. Offices are located on Earth (Tokyo, London, and San Francisco), Luna (Sea of Tranquility), and Thedus.
Weylan-Yutani Corporation Medical Facility An employer-funded medical center offering inpatient detoxification treatments. Located on Titan and owned and operated by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation.
Weylan-Yutani Corporation Ment/Psych/Cog-5 examination A comprehensive assessment instrument, developed by the Weylan-Yutani Corporation. It is used by medical professionals to determine if an employee may be cleared for assignment by measuring physical and mental abilities, sensory acuity, level of skill, and functional limitations. Typically, only one of three conditions is reported back to the employer: 1.) fit; 2.) unfit, or 3.) fit subject to work modifications.
Weylan-Yutani Corporation Weapons Division The corporate section responsible for the research, development, and application of technology for use in weapons, protection, and materials technologies. It comprises technologies that are distinctly military in nature and not civilian in application, usually because they lack useful or legal civilian applications, or are dangerous to use without appropriate military training. There is speculation that the weapons division had an interest in the mysterious signal emanating from the Zeta 2 Reticuli star system. This is evidenced by a message sent from the Harbormaster (at Weylan-Yutani Corporation’s Drydock Bravo on Thedus) to the director of the Weapons Division’s Special Operations director, containing the Nostromo’s final flight plan and crew files.
Wolf Point A city in and the county seat of Roosevelt County, Montana, UA, in the northeastern part of the state. It is situated on the High Plains of eastern Montana and experiences a semi-arid steppe climate with generally cold, dry winters averaging 30 °F (-1 °C) and warm summers averaging 58 °F (14 °C). Late spring and early summer is on average the wettest period of the year with average precipitation around 12 inches (304 mm). During the summer warm, humid air masses from the south or east bring may thunderstorms and at times, hail and tornadoes. Wolf Point is the largest community on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and is the home of the annual Wild Horse Stampede, held every year during the second weekend of July. Wolf Point’s Wild Horse Stampede is the oldest rodeo in Montana, and has been called the “Grandaddy of Montana Rodeos”.
XMB virus An outbreak was declared in January 2092, with cases occurring on Luna. Measures taken to control the spread of infection both in Olympia, as well as surrounding habitats, brought an end to the crisis in April 2110.
- Alien: 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. Flight plan found in the hidden extras. June 1, 1999.
- Alien Anthology Blu-ray menu. October 26, 2010.
- Special thanks to Charles de Lauzirika.