The astronomy movement among the youth of the Second Ramaxian Gen had been born of geologists’ warnings that Ramaxicon’s supply of tharspaxi would run out by century’s end. Star charts found in the Femaki`xirpaxul, and telescopes scavenged from between the poles, allowed Second Gen astronomers to search for tharspaxi among the planets of the Suvaxiyul.
The Ramaxian Interstellar Organization formed around the first ship designed for launch into orbit, the Poltava. The discovery of kyrsat energy at the heart of the Femaki`xirpaxul gave the crewless Poltava the power it needed to break through the stratosphere. The Poltava successfully orbited the planet multiple times at 24,000 miles per hour, before burning up on reentry into Ramaxicon’s orbit. Two months later the crewless Gaxtuk I was launched, and after her orbit of the planet, she landed without incident in the Raxito`acarol.
The development of stable Kyron Energy led to the launch of the Poltava II, with a crew of thirteen (2 Marixi, 8 Bizaki, and 3 Hizaki). Orbiting the planet hourly, members of the team spent three months clearing and destroying pre-impact helovx orbital debris. Using the newly developed operational-life form Femtrux, Orbital Station Zkarion, still in prefabricated-dock in Ramaxia, was networked entirely for independent operation in space. The Gaxtuk I launched again, this time to take the prefabricated sections of Zkarion, into orbit. Once stabilized, the Gaxtuk II, piloted by 8 Marixi Stellar-Pilots, carried 43 Bizak and 18 Hizak (some young Fifth-Gen engineers), all trained to put the station together. Orbital Station Zkarion was brought online Jixak 18, 2115, with the implantation of the first off-world Kyron-Sphere.
Progress came to a standstill however when RIO set their sights on the fourth planet, Tharso. The Kyron fuel that had powered the orbital ships of the Second Gen couldn’t deliver the speed and power needed to make it beyond Ixco. Study of the satellite Ixco revealed a delicate yet stable perigee that the astronomers of RIO were unwilling to disturb.