The largest object in the classical Kuiper belt, Pluto is still small enough to t in the space between Elysium City and Airy-0 Crater on Mars. The dwarf planet holds a few valuable nuggets of heavy metals in its rocky core, for anyone willing to mine through hundreds of kilometers of ice to get to it. Pluto is accompanied by Charon, broadly called its moon, but the two are a binary object, pirouetting around a shared point in space. Pluto and Charon support a small group of mining colonies, mostly independent, who alternate from allies to enemies and back again on the turn of the cosmic wind. Pluto has a small number of moonlets, which is where entrepreneurs go to die when they can’t compete.

Habitat Tulihänd

Balanced between the tidally locked faces of Pluto and Charon is the private mining station, Tulihänd. The habitat oversees the largest mining and comet-catching operation on the outer rim. Massive crawlers strip-mine local planetoids and Kuiper Belt objects, extract ore, minerals, and organics, and launch them back to Tulihänd. After refinement, the raw materials are nano forged into automated scows and launched to the next collection point. Despite automated defenses and secrecy around launch timetables and buyers, the scows leaving Tulihänd are popular targets for pirates.