The 117th Long Distance Research Fleet was a private Long Distance Research Fleets first seen in the Macross Frontier television series. It was accompanied by the flagship SDFN-4 Global. The fleet was financed by the Critical Path Corporation in order to research the Vajra and the effects of the mysterious fold quartz. Historically, research fleets such as this were not meant for colonization, but exploration that would have led to a proper colonization efforts.
The fleet had originally been funded by the Critical Path Corporation in order to research the Vajra and the effects of fold quartz. The research team was headed by Dr. Mao Nome and Ranshe Mei, who had brought their children Ranka Lee and Brera Sterne on board. In A.D. 2048, the fleet was suddenly ambushed by the Vajra while settled on Galia 4. Few survived the attack, and it marked beginning of the Vajra War. There were few survivors, notably Ranka Lee.
A Board of Inquiry was presided by Critical Path's president, Manfred Brando, who was displeased at the loss of the fleet and its research. Ozma Lee was present during the inquiry, and was discharged following his assault on Brando after he questioned his interrogation of Ranka Lee. The fleet's destruction was later reported to have been caused by a fold error that resulted in the death of over a thousand people.
- ↑ Macross Frontier novelization