The Ames Research Station was originally established in 550 AS to study the movements of the strange clouds of dark matter in the system. The station is now largely occupied by Zoners, but a contingent of Deep Space Engineering support staff remains aboard.


Many years ago, a massive Dark Matter Storm wiped out the Trade Lanes between the Colorado and Shikoku Jump Gates. The Zoners now treat the base as one of their many Freeports.

Xeno Supply Chain?Edit

It is very likely that since Nome Base is in Kepler as well, the Xenos may be purchasing their supplies on Ames, since the Zoners are one of the few factions that doesn't hate the Xenos. Nome Base is also the Xenos only port that sells anything other than Light Arms; therefore, it may act as a Xeno "Bazaar" of sorts.


  • LOCATION: Kepler system
  • CLASS: Cochrane
  • GRAVITY: Partial
  • DOCKING: Restricted
  • AMENITIES: Limited

Ships For SaleEdit


Commodities For SaleEdit

Guns For SaleEdit

Turrets For SaleEdit

Missiles For SaleEdit

Shields For SaleEdit

Torpedo/Cruise Disruptors For SaleEdit

Mine Dispensers For SaleEdit

  • Wardog Mine
  • Seeker Mine
  • Razor Mine
  • Tadpole Mine


"The Trade Lane path through the sister system of Kepler, Galileo, was constructed mainly as an insurance policy in case the Kepler Trade Lane was ever severed, something that Liberty and Kusari could not allow to happen." - Ames Bartender Alex Bellamy

"Beware of the dark matter clouds. They have radiation and hide criminals. The Matsuo Cloud is named after the original Kusari explorer of this area, long before Jump Gates and Trade Lanes." - Drew Mobley, Zoners

"The Charles Kane and its escorts were ambushed in the Roatan Ice Crystal Cloud several weeks ago, probably by Rogues or Lane Hackers. They commandeered the ship and flew it further into the cloud. Several Bounty Hunters happened upon the hijacked ship, and a fierce firefight ensued. Only one limped back to tell the tale. She said the ship was still out there in the cloud, abandoned and drifting with the field." - Frank Maddin, Zoners

"The Samura armored transport Nikko Maru was carrying Luxury Goods from Manhattan to New Tokyo when it was caught in the Dark Matter Storm of 784. It lies somewhere in the Matsuo Cloud along the abandoned Trade Lane." - Scott Shelton, Zoners

"The criminals in the area use our base as a supply point. Lane Hackers and Xenos come here to buy various supplies." - Ames Bartender Alex Bellamy

"Lane Hackers partly owe their origin to the Ames Research studies, which predicted that a huge storm would disrupt the system in 680. On the advice of Ageira technicans, Liberty financed a costly alternative Trade Lane through Galileo. When the storm didn't materialize, Ageira tried to redeem itself by ruthlessly ousting an elite development team and several executives, who re-emerged as the core of the northern Lane Hackers." - Frank Maddin, Zoners

"The Ames Independent Research Station was established in 550 to study the Kuryo Anomaly in preparation for the construction of Trade Lanes by Deep Space Engineering. Jump Gates couldn't bypass this system because of the danger in traversing the dark matter clouds of the Anomaly -- a lesson painfully learned in the Texas Incident." - Ames Bartender Alex Bellamy

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