Good day, agent.
As your mission specs note, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the inner system on this op. It is important, however, that you stay outside of the main travel and communications hubs and stick to the fringes. Though the Consortium likes to act like they have the inner system locked down, there are many remote stations that run quietly outside normal channels and parameters. The hypercorps don’t mind, because they use these stations and channels to hide their own secret ops as well. I’ve pulled together a short overview of some of the more notable way-stations in this “inner fringe.” I’m also including a few habitats that are strictly off-limits to outsiders, as they may relate to your mission in other ways.

Solarchive Search: Near-Earth Asteroid Classifications

Near-Earth asteroids are those that circle the sun primarily within the orbit of Mars. By definition, these are larger than 50 meters in diameter (anything smaller is considered a meteor), with the largest having a width of 34 kilometers. These are grouped into several families, as determined by the average radius of their orbits, in comparison to Earth’s orbit (1 AU). Since most asteroids have eccentric orbits (more elliptic than circular), this classification is not always perfect at pinpointing their actual location relative to Earth or other bodies.
Apoheles orbit entirely within Earth’s orbit (their aphelion is 0.983 AU or less).
Atens mostly orbit between the Earth and the sun. Many of them have eccentric orbits, however, so at their aphelion points they occasionally cross Earth’s orbit.
Apollos have orbits that average close to 1 AU. Due to their eccentric orbits, this means that their orbital paths criss-cross Earth’s orbit.
Arjunas have orbits very similar to Earth (1 AU), with low eccentricity and low inclination.
Amors orbit primarily between Earth and Mars, though they also sometimes cross Mars’s orbit (but never Earth’s orbit).

Solarchive Search: Asteroid Taxonomy

Asteroids are broadly lumped into one of the three categories:
C-Type asteroids are carbonaceous, meaning they are primarily composed of primitive carbon-rich materials. These asteroids tend to be darker and less reflective than other asteroids, and are thus harder to spot visually. Most asteroids (~75%) are of this type.
S-Type asteroids are siliceous, or stony, composed primarily of iron- and magnesium-silicates. They are the second most numerous group (~13%).
M-type asteroids are metallic, meaning they are primarily composed of nickel-iron or other metals mixed with stone. These asteroids are moderately bright and reflective. They are also most valuable for mining purposes, and thus the most sought after, but they are also the smallest group (~10%).

Inner System Asteroids

Almost 10,000 asteroids orbit within the inner system, including at least a thousand that are over a kilometer in diameter and capable of housing a large Cole or beehive habitat. Many feature smaller dome or tin can stations. Most of these were started as mining colonies, though quite a few other stations were established by parties seeking remoteness and isolation.

The Martian Trojans

The Martian trojans are clusters of asteroids that orbit in the Mars-Sun L4 and L5 Lagrange points. Technically Apollo asteroids, these trojans are not as numerous as the Jovian or Uranian trojans, but they still number in the hundreds. Dozens of habitats can also be found here.

Remote Habitats and Ships

A few remote habitats lie far from any asteroid or planetary body. Similarly, some large ships are essentially roving habitats.

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