Klingon K't'inga-class Battle Cruiser
We have a potential catastrophe here on Earth! A Klingon K't'inga-class battle cruiser fired a concussion missile at one of our Starships. Fortunately, it malfunctioned and missed. Unfortunately, it drifted in orbit around the earth for a while but then gravity pulled it down. A search mission was launched and our intrepid explorers found the errant missile, known as a Broken Arrow (according to the John Travolta movie of the same name.) It landed somewhere in Bucks County but our searchers were called away to another crisis before they could remove it.
Luckily, our search party left coded clues as to where the mystery missile is. It is safe, as long as the tail assembly is occasionally unscrewed to let some earth atmosphere in (which keeps the Klingon concussion warhead inert.) Also, the tail assembly must be reassembled, because if any water gets into the missile, well, bad things could happen and you don’t want to be standing within 5000 kilometers.
Your mission is to decode the clues then find the missile and unscrew the tail assembly to keep the warhead harmless (and also sign the log.) Our searchers were smart enough to use earth-based codes to confuse any Klingons on their own search-and-recover mission.
This is a three-stage puzzle. Decoding the clue found at the coordinates of stage one (Which requires a 100 foot bushwhack at the end) will lead you to the next clue at stage two and then on to the 'Broken Arrow' at the final stage.
It would be a good idea for cachers to bring paper and pencil along to the first two stages (or a smart phone.) You will probably need to take information back with you. The three stages are not within walking distance of each other (unless you really like to walk).
NOTE: You must find all the stages and sign the log at the final to get a smiley on this. No exceptions, no excuses. Them's the rules!
IMPORTANT: Tighten the container gently as it can be really tough to get loose.
This cache is part of the SPACE 2081: A Geocaching Odyssey challenge.
This challenge contains one cache of each difficulty and terrain combination, plus a final cache which can be found only after finding all 81 caches that are part of the series. Each of those 81 caches will contain a code, which you will use as part of the puzzle to solve the FINAL CACHE.
All the members of the space team are actual cachers who are remaining anonymous for the moment. You can find more info on the series, as well as a complete list of released caches HERE. Please do not post hints or spoilers in your logs. Also, each cache must be signed by any individual cachers going for the final.
Good luck, may the force be with you, live long and prosper.