Chapter 1105: Project “Trench”
Mogunov’s proposal received support from all the members present. Everyone saw the benefits of the plan and even Jiang Chen complimented the idea because when he talked to Kelvin yesterday, they reached the same conclusion.
The Kuiper Belt 40 astronomical unit from the Sun extended to hundreds of astronomical units away. The belt was formed by frozen micro-planets ranging from a few kilometers to thousands of kilometers in radius and tens of thousands of comets. They were formed when the Solar System was created.
The construction of fortifications in the Kuiper Belt not only provided long-range fire support for the battlefield, but it was also capable of providing supplies and ammunition to the fleet. The fast-moving comets and ice bodies would not only serve as defensive bunkers, but they would also provide abundant water for the garrisons in the fort.
“It’s a good idea to build a fortification, but how can we solve the problem of rotation? If our fortification changes position constantly, how can we ensure that they will be defending the path of the colonization ship? And how can they provide support to our fleet?” Wu Changfeng got up and raised his questions.
“This isn’t something to be worried about,” Leibniz, who once worked at ESA, said. “One rotation of the Kuiper is quite long. If we build the fortress inside the Kuiper belt, we can control the revolution period to three hundred years. With consideration to the direction of Harmony’s space colonization ship, if they want to be captured by the gravitational forces of the solar system, they must approach the Kuiper Belt at a tangential angle and reduce the speed below the third cosmic speed. With the 60-degree wide-angle range, the fortification can effectively provide support.”
“As long as we ensure that the fortification’s coordinates are accurate and the engine is fine-tuned with its coordinates, then the plan is entirely feasible.”
After Wu Changfeng listened to Leibniz’s explanation, he nodded and sat back down. His knowledge about space was limited, but from a military point of view, this plan sounded feasible. As long as the space fortress didn’t turn in a completely different direction.
Therefore, while building the space fleet, the decision for the construction of the space fortress in Kuiper Belt was also made.
As for the technical feasibility of building space fortress 40 astronomical units from the Sun, it wasn’t the consideration of this meeting—that would be the work of the scientists.
In the next hour, twenty members made comments and refined details relating to building the space fortress. For example, they discussed how many artilleries would be necessary, the budget, the size of the fortress, and the force stationed.
Jiang Chen also put forward additional suggestions on the plan, such as creating a minefield outside the Kuiper Belt.
The entire plan was named “Project Trench.”
Because they were uncertain if organizations similar to “Kurofune” that maintained connections with Harmony still existed, “Project Trench” was classified as class E confidential. Other than the fortress itself, no other information would be disclosed to the public.
At the end of the meeting, the twenty members took an oath and swore to keep the topics discussed in this meeting a secret.
Of course, the so-called oath was only ceremonial. For people of their status, the idea of the law was hardly binding to them. Their positions ultimately dictated their decisions. If conditions permitted, they would do their best to protect the interests of their own countries.
For example, they might leak the plan to the relevant companies in advance then prepare a bid in advance.
For at least two decades, the nationalism inside the Earth Defense Alliance would remain prevalent.
However, Jiang Chen wasn’t in a hurry. He prepared many ways to assimilate them into becoming “his own.”
After the oath took place, the members packed up and were prepared to exit.
However, just as people were about to leave, Jiang Chen clapped his hands and gestured to everyone to look at him.
“Before we officially conclude today, I want to give you a present on behalf of Celestial Trade.”
Then Jiang Chen gently clicked on the control panel.
Soon, four housekeeping robots walked out from the side door with trays in their hands. The robots then distributed the contents on the table.
Everyone was confused.
“This is a DNA Telomere Modification Agent.”
When they heard the strange name, the members present frowned and became even more confused. After all, they hadn’t studied biology. While they understood DNA, what did telomeres mean? Only the biologist from Malay reacted.
“DNA telomere?! Is-is this…!” The biologist was so excited that he could hardly articulate, completely unable to speak properly. He passionately stared at the needle on the table, with eager glowing out from his eyes, his fingers trembled as if he was coveting a heavenly object.
“Is this… a genetic vaccine from Celestial Trade? Interesting.” Holding the needle in his hand, Wu Changfeng was intrigued.
As the former deputy commander of the General Stuff Department, Second Division, he certainly heard rumors about the magical genetic vaccines. Hua had always wanted to bring some back for research, but Celestial Trade never planned to sell them.
The genetic vaccine was rumored to greatly strengthen bodily conditions with just one injection. Even a weak, untrained individual could possess the explosiveness and endurance of a special forces soldier.
The most important thing was that the changes only affected somatic cells and had no effect on the reproductive cells, so changes wouldn’t be passed on to offspring.
Hearing the term “genetic vaccine,” the Russian member also looked at the needle on the table, eyes sparkling with fiery.
“This isn’t a genetic vaccine,” Jiang Chen smiled and shook his head as he looked at the people with different expressions.
“What is it then?” Wu Changfeng asked.
With a mysterious smile, Jiang Chen made a revelation.
“Something that will make you live longer.”
After the meeting, Wu Changfeng took the Express to return to the hotel he was staying at in the residetial area of Celestial City.
At the door, he paused and ordered the guard behind him with seriousness.
“Without my orders, don’t come in and bother me.”
“Yes.” The guard saluted and stepped aside.
He walked into the room, then closed the door behind him. He hurriedly sat down on the sofa and stared at the needle in his hand as his breathing gradually turned heavier.
He was forty-one years old. With the rank of Major General at this age and capability of representing his country in such an important position, his resume was peerless among his peers. He has a beautiful wife who was ten years younger than him. He also had a son who was in junior high school and a daughter who was in elementary school.
With success in both career and family, he thought that there was no temptation in the world that could allure him.
However, his eyes were firmly glued to the needle in his hand.
His identity reminded him that he should bring this thing back, take it to the Academy of Sciences, or gift it to a more powerful individual who “needed this more”. However, another voice in his mind repeatedly told him to use it for himself.
He began to recall what Jiang Chen said in the end.
…The serum in the test tube is only 20ml, which can effectively resist aging and prolong your life by ten years. Before absolute resistance, each person can inject up to ten tubes and each injection must be separated by ten years, and the efficacy of each injection will be weakened each time.
In an ideal situation, as long as you can inject this special serum every ten years, there’s no problem extending your life by seventy to eighty years.
Frankly speaking, the production of this serum is quite limited. If not for the fact that I want you all to see our day of “victory”, I wouldn’t have given this to you as a gift.
Living longer than others is both your power and your obligation.
Of course, you can take it or let it go. The choice is on you.