Campaign of the Month: September 2014
Type: Asteroid belt
Orbital Distance: 0.60 AU
The Araf Belt is a low-density asteroid belt in the Delta Pavonis system clustered around an orbital distance of. It is heavily dominated by metal-rich M-type asteroids.
Like much of the inner-most region of the system, it is heavily threatened by the star’s expansion. It is believed to have lost well over half its mass in the last million years or so, and will only continue to decay with time.
Though mostly uninhabited, the Araf Belt hosts a large number of automated mining operations, along with a handful of high-energy research facilities powered by shielded solar power stations. Much of the belt’s mining output goes to government construction projects.