Heat sink synthesis materials are manufactured, so I'm stocking up right now. I have about one refill for each month of travel, and I shouldn't need that many anyway. Heat damage to the modules I can repair with AFMUs, and otherwise I don't expect to be in tricky situations that often.
For the rest of the mats, I have two SRVs with me, and I'm sure I'll get plenty bored on the way, so a change of scenery will be most welcome. I'll prospect and mine my way through the galaxy if needed.
One last decision before departure: Shields and AFMUs or No Shields, one AFMU and repair kit?
I don't see myself landing any more than once per 3-5 kly, so the whole trip would be about 60 to 100 landings. That's the biggest threat of hull damage IMO, next being accidental supercruise drops. Which do happen, but damage the power plant as well, so there's no mitigating that...
In the end, it's not a solo mission, so no need to pack for every contingency. Shields it is.
Date: 3303.10.14 This is the first log entry of Commander RenoFTW.
Preparing for the Dead End's Circumnavigation Expedtion (DECE). Materials to gather and maybe some more tuning to do, if I can get the right parts.
Sometime next week I should head over to the Witch Head nebula, join the other commanders there and await our departure October 14th.