Fastball Special

A high speed reconnaissance pass. The ship accelerates to very high speeds outside the M25, then transits the system from 'north' plane of the ecliptic (POTE), to 'south' passing the target world at very high speed, but at silent running. This allows the ship a few hours of close observation of the world with a very low chance of being detected, let alone intercepted. It is very risky, especially because the ship passes through the POTE, where there is a higher density of matter - so it is only done in the most desperate of situations. The last examples were during preparations to attack known Exterminator bases in Q5 and Q6,