In scope and size alone, this is, without doubt, the most ambitious project of the Union . The complete survey of the Milky Way Galaxy .
The Project was proposed as early as 2900 OTT and an expert commission was assembled to study the feasibility as to how this could be accomplished. That a detailed and accurate survey was of tremendous benefit, no one argued against.
Even though the M-0 galaxy is not the biggest, it still contains over 375 billion stars and over 180 billion planets, has an average diameter of 188,000 Light-years.
In addition to moons, wanderers and so-called Black Objects. An indirect optical survey would take many years and a physical many thousand years.
The Galatic Survey Commission suggested a two-prong approach. An optical and indirect survey and a physical survey.
The recommendation was approved in 2993 and officially ratified as the Galactic Survey Act of 2994 . It has since then been ratified many times, and it's budget and resources increased.
While a complete optical and radiometric survey was completed in 3000 by the combined efforts of Z-Point Station and Z Minus Station . The physical survey of the roughly 8 trillion cubic light-years is still at its very beginning.
No one expects it to be completed anytime soon, but the systematic cube by cube survey has yielded many astounding scientific discoveries.
The Survey has been expanded to include the galaxy's satellite galaxies. The Trans-Galactic Space Survey and the Local Group Assessment Survey are closely related projects, also reporting all data to VASCO .
The Union Astrographic Society uses this data to create the annual UAS catalog which is the official recognized registry of all objects in space. The catalog is one of the few databases freely accessible to Union and Non-Union users alike.
The project is under the auspice of the Explorer and Survey division of the Science Council. The Project headquarter was moved to Coreview Planet in the Ultra Bright system (Union Space-Galactic Bar Region ). A dedicated Super Computronic AI was created for the project as well. VASCO (Very Accurate Space CatalOg)
The Explorer division not only uses crewed explorer vessels but highly intelligent Long-Range Data Probes (LRP).
The LDPs are instructed to avoid contact with sentient life but report encounters. If contact is unavoidable or accidental, the robots will retreat and send a priority message to VASCO.
Many million LDPs are deployed in each galaxy with a Union presence.
The project is under the direct command of Explorer Fleet Admiral Eashan Amroliwallah .