The Ye Tian Empire had its own mecha test planet, which was owned by the royal family, but the executives inside were all deployed from the military department.
The design of new mechas wasn’t a simple matter, in recent years the entire empire had only registered less than ten mechas. When there was no test flight mission, the test pilots all served in the military. The exclusive test star was also occupied.
The choice of which planet to serve as a mecha test flight star was actually also very delicate. For example, the test star of the Ye Tian Empire, was very famous in the whole interstellar.
The reason why this planet was famous was not only because of the existence of the Ye Tian Empire Mecha Research Institute and the Imperial Military Department but also because of the harsh natural geographical conditions on the planet.
As an experimental star, they had to simulate all the harsh conditions on the interstellar as much as possible. Therefore, the planet’s environment’s extremely high temperature and low temperature coexisted, all kinds of named and unnamed cosmic rays were unrestrained, in addition to the variety of space junks that came in from time to time ……
Because the conditions were too special, in the Ye Tian Empire, this place was often rented by some countries with good relations, to carry out test flight work.
As the director of the Imperial Mecha Research Institute, Duan Hengye had already heard of the “Test Flight-Star”, but he had never had the chance to come here.
A few days after the assembly of the new mecha, the light computer calculated the best time to experiment. And along with this, as the mecha builder, Duan Hengye also arrived on the test flight star ahead of schedule, and also with him was Meng Jinhuai and the two admirals of the military.
This was a desolate area, Duan Hengye saw from the starship’s viewport. Although it wasn’t as Duan Hengye imagined, it was a horrible view of hell on earth. But whether a light storm shrouded most of the sky or it was naturally dark, these were not related to beautiful.
Because the weather conditions of the test star had been relatively poor, even the military department in the giant starship were hovering in the air for a long time, before finally finding the right time to land through the gap in the storm.
This starship used the highest level of soundproof material available, and Duan Hengye didn’t know the interstellar weather terminology. But from the starship’s broadcast alone, he could hear that the storm on the test star was strong enough to roll up and crush the mountain ranges in an instant.
“Attention, starship is starting to land, please pay attention to safety.” After a beep, an electronic synthesized female voice informed the starship. After a few more seconds, the seat belt on Duan Hengye’s seat automatically popped out, then fixed him firmly in place. During the same time, all the miscellaneous items placed on the table were also stowed into the special device.
Duan Hengye couldn’t help but get nervous, but despite his ignorance of planetary weather, his experience as a machine designer told him – the defensive nature of this giant starship was comparable to that of the top mechas, and this storm, although dangerous, still wouldn’t pose much of a threat to it.
Duan Hengye slowly exhaled and gradually relaxed, as the height of the starship gradually reduced, his hand also moved to the arm of the sofa on one side, and then clenched it tightly. Seeing the situation, Meng Jinhuai looked at Duan Hengye, then said softly: “It’s okay, once when I came to test star, it was on the planet. There was a sudden change in the weather, and in the end, the starship passed through the storm and remained intact.”
Despite the ease with which Meng Jinhuai spoke, when he heard him, Duan Hengye was still sweating over the matter that had ended.
Just at this time, the outside of the viewport suddenly fell into pitch darkness, and no light could penetrate. Duan Hengye knew that the starship had now officially entered the crevice of the storm. The darkness lasted for a total of five or six minutes, and during that time the starship, which had been running smoothly, began to shake slightly.
No one in the cabin spoke, and Duan Hengye’s eyes were fixed on the altitude record on the light screen ahead.
Although nothing could be seen on the dark window, the numbers on the light screen told Duan Hengye that the starship was descending at an extremely fast speed.
Finally, when the starship landed 5,000 kilometers from the surface, there was light coming through the viewport. At the same time, Duan Hengye’s seat belt loosened itself, and the miscellaneous items on the table also reappeared.
“…… will be landing soon.” Duan Hengye glanced out of the window and muttered to himself.
“The storm just now was about 30,000 kilometers in diameter.” Just at this time, Meng Jinhuai suddenly turned around and said to Duan Hengye. He knew that Duan Hengye sometimes lacked some “common knowledge” in interstellar life, but was happy to learn about them. As expected, just as Meng Jinhuai’s words fell, Duan Hengye’s eyes suddenly widened, and then he repeated that number again.
Thirty thousand kilometers? Duan Hengye couldn’t help but look up again towards the already distant storm, it turned out that he had just traversed a storm with a diameter greater than that of Earth. Although he had been living in the interstellar era for some time, until now, after hearing this number, Duan Hengye’s heart still felt it was a little unreal.
The gray-black storm was getting farther and farther away, after the starship’s internal beeping sound, Duan Hengye looked at the window, it turned out that unknowingly, the starship had steadily landed on the land of the test flight star.
This planet was different from any of the previous ones Duan Hengye had been to, because the environment on the surface of the planet was too bad, people couldn’t be exposed directly to the surface of the planet. So when the starship stopped, Duan Hengye saw that a corridor suddenly extended from the outside of the black metal building in front of him, and then connected to the starship.
“Okay, it’s time to go out.” Seeing Duan Hengye sitting there without moving, Meng Jinhuai, who had already stood up, lowered his head and said to him.
At this time, the distance between the two was a bit close, and after seeing the other person’s enlarged face, Duan Hengye somewhat unnaturally shifted his eyes to the side, before standing up from his seat.
Before Duan Hengye, a number of people had arrived at the test star, including the weather team responsible for this mission, as well as the Institute’s monitoring team. This team would be led by Duan Hengye personally, with Su Mingge doing the supporting work.
In addition to the traditional team involved in the test flight, Duan Hengye also called over in advance another person who had never appeared at the test flight site before. The two of them had only met a few days ago at An Luo University, and that person was the director of the Mental Energy Research Institute, Wen Xunin.
After seeing the starship land, these staff members who had already waited on the test flight star went outside the corridor to wait. As soon as Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai entered the building, they came up and shook hands with the two in turn. After a brief greeting, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai sat together in the monitoring hall, waiting for the test flight to take place.
Now, most of the people who participated in this activity had come, and after another ten minutes, the last few people also came into the monitoring hall through the corridor.
The leader was a middle-aged man wearing a mecha pilot suit. Although his appearance was not outstanding, he had a very special powerful, and calm aura about him. He walked over and first gave a military salute towards Meng Jinhuai, then said to the two men, “Reporting to Lord Marshal, Director Duan. I am the executor of this test flight work, from the Military Department Test Flight Corps.”
It turned out that this was the test pilot who performed this mission, and after determining the test pilot’s mental range with Wen Xunin, Duan Hengye pulled out the information of the military department’s test pilot and found him in it. The test pilot was very precious, because of the secrecy, Duan Hengye didn’t see his picture at that time. Now after meeting him, Duan Hengye found that this man really fit the “test pilot” image in his heart.
Seeing that Duan Hengye was looking at him, the test pilot nodded at him again and said, “Thank you for your trust, Director Duan!”
Although his own spouse Meng Jinhuai was a military man, Lord Meng Jinhuai’s way of speaking was much more casual. Now, hearing a real imperial military man… Duan Hengye couldn’t help but be serious. He shook hands with thw test pilot and then said, “Thank you.”
After Duan Hengye’s words fell, the test pilot once again gave him a solemn military salute.
After greeting him, Duan Hengye noticed that there was an old man standing behind the test pilot. His hair and beard were white, although he still looked hale and hearty, his slightly sluggish actions confirmed his age.
Seeing Duan Hengye look at him, the old man smiled at him then walked over.
“Hello Professor Duan, I am the reporter covering this test flight event.” He said while shaking hands with Duan Hengye, and then the old man went to shake hands with Meng Jinhuai and said, “It’s been a long time, Lord Marshal.”
This old man and Meng Jinhuai knew each other?
Duan Hengye couldn’t help but look towards them curiously.
He had known earlier that although this event would not be broadcast live, there would be Star Network reporters coming over to film it and finally edit it into roughly ten minutes for the news program. The old man in front of him was obviously past his retirement age, how could he be the reporter in charge of this matter?
Unlike Duan Hengye’s puzzled face, Meng Jinhuai obviously knew the other party. After the two greeted each other, the old man said to Meng Jinhuai, “So many years have passed, it’s surprising that the first time I came to the Test Flight-Star was also a few decades ago.” After saying that, he also had some nostalgic meaning in his eyes.
After the two of them chatted briefly, Meng Jinhuai turned to Duan Hengye and introduced him, “Mr. Yan was a well-known war correspondent in the stars when he was young, and he was a good friend of my parents. Although he has been retired for decades, after learning that there was a test flight mission, he still took the initiative to come to the test flight star to report.”
At these words, Duan Hengye finally understood the identity of the old man in front of him. And just at this time, the old man also looked at Duan Hengye and said half nostalgically and half emotionally, “Perhaps Professor Duan doesn’t remember me anymore, but I still remember that when you were small, I had gone to the Institute to interview your parents.”
Hearing Mr. Yan’s words, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but startle. Thinking back carefully, it seemed like this was the first time he had heard someone mention his parents after he had transmigrated into this book. In Duan Hengye’s memory, although they were well-known scientists in the stars, their daily lives were very low-key, and they didn’t even often leave the planet where the institute was located.
“You and your mother look very much alike.” The old man said after looking at him for a while.
Even though Duan Hengye had never met the original owner’s parents, miraculously, after hearing someone mention them, he actually had the desire to ask some questions. But reason told Duan Hengye that now wasn’t a good time. The data on the light screen in front of him showed that the planet was now about to reach its best condition for test flights, and he needed to sit at the monitoring seat to work.
The layout of the monitoring hall was very much like that of a satellite monitoring center on Earth, with a different light screen in front of each staff member, and a huge screen of more than thirty meters in length and width standing at the front of the hall.
Behind the light screen was a window, at the beginning of the test flight, the light screen was first in a dormant state. At this time, people in the room could directly observe from the window, and when the mechas flew far away, the light screen would end the dormancy and begin to broadcast the images around the mechas.
As the crowd in the hall watched, the test pilot went into the preparation room. A few minutes later, a silver-white mech flew out from the skylight of the preparation room, and then instantly appeared in front of the viewport.
Duan Hengye’s afterimage saw that from the time the mecha appeared in front of the viewport, Wen Xunin, who was sitting beside him, was staring at the light screen in front of him, and then quickly recorded the mental energy change values. Seemingly sensing Duan Hengye’s gaze, he turned and whispered, “Everything is normal, the mental energy and the mecha are very compatible.”
Although the simulation experiment had been very well thought out, at this time, inside the mecha was a large living person after all. No matter how mentally strong Duan Hengye was, he still couldn’t help but be nervous about the experiment. But now after hearing Wen Xunin’s words, Duan Hengye was finally a little relieved.
The silver-white mecha stopped in front of the viewport for a few seconds, then it took just three seconds to reach its fastest speed and fly towards the sky. With the naked eye, the huge mecha disappeared from sight in just an instant.
Once it took off, Duan Hengye quickly moved his eyes from the viewport to the small light screen in front of him. The data of the natural environment around the mecha was recorded here, as well as the state of the mecha itself. From the green light on the screen, it could be seen that the mecha was in good shape at this time.
As a mecha with countless high precision technology, the “Nanzhu” was monitored by hundreds of data. No matter how fast Duan Hengye was, it was impossible for him to see all the contents. In fact, today’s monitoring task was mainly carried out by the Institute’s working group, Duan Hengye and Su Mingge were responsible for the implementation of several emergency plans.
After confirming that the mecha data was normal, Duan Hengye lifted his head to look at the huge light screen not far away. At this time “Nanzhu” had already flown to the edge of the test star interstellar storm, after a few seconds of waiting, the silver-white mecha would rush into the storm.
Flying in an interstellar storm was a mecha must-have. However, after seeing the rapidly rotating interstellar storm on the satellite map, Duan Hengye still couldn’t help but sweat for it.
At this moment, the monitoring hall showed two different states.
The research team, represented by Duan Hengye, were all nervous, and Su Mingge, who had always looked unafraid, couldn’t help but bite his lip, not to mention the staff of the Institute who wanted to go inside the light screen. In stark contrast to this line, the military staff represented by Meng Jinhuai all had a calm and collected look. Looking at the dangerous picture on the light screen, this group of people didn’t even frown.
Because of the reason for the tension, Duan Hengye looked at Meng Jinhuai. Seeing that Duan Hengye was watching him with a probing gaze, Meng Jinhuai suddenly opened his mouth and said to him: “When a man walks onto the battlefield, the first thing he has to learn is ‘trust’.”
Meng Jinhuai still looked at the light screen in front of him as he spoke, his expression still relaxed, but his words carried a firmness that couldn’t be ignored.
“Trust”, the word made Duan Hengye’s heart squeeze.
Then Meng Jinhuai continued: “There is not only trust in their superiors but also trust in the mechas they are driving. If a man does not trust his own mecha, then it is better for him not to go into battle.”
Meng Jinhuai’s tone was very plain, but the meaning of his words made Duan Hongyi’s heart inexplicably faint. Because Duan Hengye remembered that on the day he transmigrated to this world, the original owner had just tampered with Meng Jinhuai’s mecha.
As Meng Jinhuai just said himself, to be able to pilot the mecha, he must have trusted the mecha as well as the mech designer. But the original owner took advantage of this trust and put Meng Jinhuai in a vicious hole.
Duan Hengye was even afraid to think about it. How did Meng Jinhuai see him now as the mastermind behind it?
Although the person who tampered with the mecha data wasn’t Duan Hengye, every time he thought of this matter, Duan Hengye still couldn’t help but feel guilty and …… fear.
Meng Jinhuai sensed that Duan Hengye’s mood had obviously sunk. But before he could say anything, he saw the big light screen in front of him disappear once again, and the mecha “Nanzhu” reappeared outside the window.
Today’s test flight was relatively basic, but it was the most dangerous and most testing mecha execution performance. Now after a few minutes of flight, when the mecha reappeared in front of the window, all the staff in the hall stood up from their chairs and applauded.
Although there were many more experimental projects to come, and the test flight would last for more than two months in total. But today’s mission was completed with zero errors, which meant that the most important functions of the mecha were working properly. In the subsequent test flight experiments, only the staff of the specialized team of the Institute would be stationed here.
Seeing that the mecha had finished its experiments, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai also stood up like everyone else. After a few more seconds, the test pilot walked back into the hall, so Meng Jinhuai, who was the marshal, walked up to him and started communicating with him. At the same time, Duan Hengye also started to organize the data together with all the institute staff.
Although today’s test flight mission was completed very smoothly, and all the data was almost exactly the same as the light brain simulation, this kind of post-summary work was still very necessary.
After the experiment was over, the whole hall suddenly got busy all of a sudden. On the surface, Duan Hongyi seems to have forgotten what he just thought, but in fact …… after frothing at the data on the light screen for an uncountable number of times, Su Mingge, who was sitting on the side, finally couldn’t help but look nervous and asked, “What’s wrong? Is there something wrong with the data?”
Duan Hongyi’s usual appearance was too calm, so much so that his current pensive and torn appearance scared the surrounding circle of staff. Duan Hongyi looked up and realized that almost all the colleagues from the research institute around him were looking at themselves with apprehension. If Su Mingge hadn’t asked, it’s estimated that someone would have been scared to start rechecking the data.
After discovering that his state had affected others, Duan Hongyi shook his head and said: “Sorry, I got lost in thought just now. I haven’t rested well these past few days, so …… well, there is some sleepiness.” He explained in passing unconsciously reached out his hand to press his temples, and after seeing Duan Hongyi’s appearance, the surrounding staff finally put down their hearts.
Su Mingge smiled and patted Duan Hongyi’s shoulder and said, “Well now that ninety percent of the data has been verified, do you want to take a rest first?”
Just like Su Mingge said, the experimental data will soon be verified, and the remaining ones are also very simple auxiliary system values. Looking at the light screen again, Duan Hongyi, who had little confidence in his state, stood up, he took a deep breath then nodded and said, “Okay, thanks for your hard work.”
Among the people who were there today, apart from the test pilots, the Institute staff had the heaviest task. So by the time Duan Hengye finished the ninety percent data verification, there were no more than a few people left in the hall.
Duan Hengye saw that Meng Jinhuai was standing in front of the viewport looking at the gray-black storm in the distance. He couldn’t help but slowly walk over, and after Duan Hengye came over, Meng Jinhuai also turned to look at him sideways and then unexpectedly asked: “Does Ah Heng have anything to say just now?”
Now Duan Hengye hadn’t completely put down what just happened, after hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, he was silent for a while, but finally turned to look at the other party and slowly said, “The next step of my work plan is to complete the renewal of the top mechas.”
Duan Hengye had never concealed his desires and goals, and after hearing his words, Meng Jinhuai wasn’t surprised.
And then, Duan Hengye asked, “Are you willing to trust me?” After the words were spoken, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but get nervous. He was both looking forward to getting an answer and afraid to hear it.
Before Meng Jinhuai could respond, Duan Hengye added, “Tell the truth.”
Duan Hengye didn’t know that at this time his serious expression with the three words “tell the truth”, made Meng Jinhuai feel like he was facing a stubborn child.
So …… they were obviously talking about a serious topic, but Duan Hengye saw the Lord Marshal smiling at him, and then he gently nodded and replied, “Of course, I will always trust you.”