Hard Burn for a Bullet
The Wheel is a space station which orbits the dwarf planet of Oxbow. It currently serves as both a refinery and an Octal Technologies research lab. The station houses approximately 200 scientists, administrators and support staff, giving it a population close to that of the planet’s mining town, Shiverton.
Because of Oxbow’s isolation, uninhabited status and the relatively small scale of the mining operation there, it is difficult for rivals to infiltrate and falls outside of the Alliance’s general sphere of influence. This makes it an ideal location to conduct high-end, advanced research.