The shuttle descended from low orbit, above the Great Desert and continued descending from high altitude to lower altitude above the equatorial region of the South Sargasso Ocean of Kanangar Prime.
The expansive ocean was a pleasant site for Billy to behold. Although he had spent most of his life on a world that had an ocean, the year he had spent living at an AstroCorp mine had instilled in him a strong desire for open spaces and fresh air.
As the shuttle neared the eastern coast it approached three islands that appeared to have some kind of development.
"Is that RC35?" Billy asked the passenger next to him.
"No, that's just another Deuterium refinery. Fully automated, too. It uses tidal energy to purify Deuterium from the ocean water. It's kind of useless though. With Deuterium prices at an all-time low, RC35 won't need it unless there's a major supply chain problem."
The passenger was a 30-something research accountant returning from a gambling excursion on Tau Sierra. Tau Sierra was Billy's homeworld, and the two of them had plenty to talk about over the past few hours. Billy had told him about some of the less-well known sites on Tau Sierra, and the accountant had explained some of the differences between the research beurocracies of the Federation, the Universities, Corporations, as well as the Foundations such as RC35. It was all very interesting, but a little over Billy's head.
The shuttle came closer to the islands and Billy could see a great view from the view-port on his left. The architecture of the refinery complemented the surrounding natural beauty, rather than mar it like the mining colony Billy had just departed roughly six hours ago.
"Looks pretty plush for a mining facility," Billy observed.
"Yeah, it isn't really corporate or guild. It was set up by the technocrats at RC35 twenty years ago after the Chaanian War. There was a really bad supply shortage when the trade route to this sector was disrupted by the war."
The shuttle passed the islands and drew nearer to the coastline. Up ahead Billy could see the settlement known as RC35. The buildings were all sleek with elegant design, exactly what one would expect of such a settlement.
RC35 appeared to be two kilometers in diameter, and was surrounded by a tall metallic wall that formed a perfect circle around the community. The tallest building was 200 meters tall, but most of the others were between 30 and 60 meters tall. The buildings were well-spaced across well-gardened parkland. Had the buildings been absent it could have easily passed for a high-end golf course.
Billy also noticed a network of monorails that extended in several different directions beyond the main colony.
The shuttle circled around the colony once before finally landing at the main spaceport area. Billy departed from the shuttle and followed along with several other passengers to the Human Resources facility.
All Billy knew was that his mining days were over and his new career in Life Sciences would soon begin. The pay wouldn't be nearly as good for quite some time, but hopefully the girls would be prettier here than that last place.
His base salary now would be a mere 12,000 credits/year, which was a mere 5% of what he was making as a miner, but Billy didn't care. Even with a 200,000 credit-contract, an AstroCorp mine was still no place for an adventurous nineteen-year old.