Stellar Flare Station

Most sufficiently developed systems have Orbital Stations designed to monitor in-system 'weather'.

Most stars give out flares of varying intensity and magnitude. In some systems these are large enough to be lethal to all life in the system (these are, obviously, uninhabited systems). In inhabited systems, these stations are usually placed in the Lagrange-1 point between the colonial world and the star - they use well established models of stellar behaviour to predict and report on the bigger flares, which can affect orbital stations, communications, sensors and can even cause minor damage to ships in orbit.

Such space 'storms' are infrequent, but clearly important to the economic life of the system. These stations are sometimes manned, but most often are just automatic minotoring stations.