Carter Chilcott has been trying to get into space for a while, but his application to join the International Space Station has been floating around for too long. When he was approached by a private consortium, The Stratosphere Group, to take part in an experiment on isolation on the Daedalus Space Station, he jumped at the chance. Jan Kilbride and Manuella Dominguez would be joining him on the station, but would be taking part in their own experiments. Conrad Lukas, one of the scientists, seemed disgusted that other people would be joining him on the space station even though they wouldn't have access to him.
Carter's part of the station was totally isolated, the only door connecting his section to the other parts of the station was sealed with a code which was locked in a safe. He had exercise equipment, a TV, some books, and a large dome which looked out onto the Earth and space.
After 6 weeks of being alone, he started to experience the more distressing side effects of isolation: he heard footsteps and also the door opening, although never saw any cause for either of them. He also experienced a lights blackout for 20 minutes, although other systems were unaffected. One day at 1413 he saw an empty spacesuit float across his viewing window. Looking at it, he realised that the Earth, sun, and moon were gone – not just rotated out of view, but gone.
He shouted for a while at the camera that was installed to observe him, before realising that the cables that were plugged into it didn't lead anywhere. After smashing it, he opened the safe and accessed the code for the door: E109GHT8. The code would not work, however, and no matter how many times he tried it, the readout kept displaying the text he entered as 'NO ONE IS COMING.' The door remained locked.
A week afterwards the clock stopped working. He stayed there for between 3-6 months, but his food stores did not dwindle, as if it was constantly being topped up. The line between dreaming and reality blurred and he felt like he was floating through ancient graveyards or an open empty sea. He wondered if he'd died and gone to Hell.
He starved himself, almost to death. After he passed out, he was returned to Earth, presumably by his colleagues on the station. He never got debriefed, or saw Conrad again, although he was paid in full.
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The station was launched in 2007 by The Stratosphere Group, a conglomerate including Pinnacle Aerospace, mostly owned by the Fairchild family; a private investment by Nathaniel Lukas; Optic Solutions Ltd, who provided the cameras and are based in Ny Alesund, Norway.
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